No indictment for 5 Newark officers in double-fatal shooting

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 3:18 p.m.

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A grand jury has declined to indict five Newark police officers for a shooting last fall that left two 18-year-old robbery suspects dead.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced the decision Wednesday.

Officers were following the men and a third person suspected of two armed robberies early Sept. 30.

Investigators say the suspects' vehicle accelerated in reverse after the occupants saw a police car with its lights activated. The vehicle struck one marked police car and one unmarked one as the suspects attempted to flee.

Authorities say an officer fired into the car, thinking he had seen a gun. Other officers also fired, killing Najier Salaam and George Richards-Meyers. The third suspect was captured.

A BB gun was recovered that the suspects apparently had hidden before the encounter.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast