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Police officer charged with manslaughter, assault in New Jersey

Most people would agree that police officers have difficult jobs. As part of their job responsibilities, they may be required to run toward dangers. Often, they are required to make difficult decisions in the heat of the moment that could ultimately mean the difference between their life and their death. Unfortunately, a police officer in New Jersey was recently charged with manslaughter and assault.

The incident that led to the charges against the man happened on a day in January. According to reports, an officer reported pulling over a vehicle, and the driver drove away. The officer claimed she spotted a gun in the car.

The 26-year-old man who now faces criminal charges responded to the first officer's call. Reports indicate that the former fired on the fleeing vehicle in three different locations. The driver, a 46-year-old man, died the next day. A passenger in the vehicle is still recovering from his injuries.

In addition to aggravated manslaughter and assault, the officer is also charged with official misconduct and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. If convicted of the charges against him, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. Today police officers who are involved in incidents such as this face a great deal of scrutiny, and prosecutors often experience repeated calls to file charges regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident. Unfortunately, the New Jersey police officer in this case is now left facing a complicated legal situation. Regardless of the accusations he faces, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for him to be convicted.

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