Police-involved shooting with one fatality under investigation

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 29 that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a police-involved shooting that resulted in two people being shot.

They have been identified as Andrew J. Dixon, 35, and Gregory Griffin, 46, both of Newark. Dixon is in critical condition at University Hospital and Griffin was pronounced dead Jan. 29 at the hospital.

“We are actively investigating a police-involved shooting that resulted in two men sustaining critical injuries. As in all cases involving the use of force, we take these matters seriously. Our Professional Standards Bureau will be reviewing the evidence carefully. Consistent with Attorney General guidelines, after the review is completed, we will present the case to an Essex County grand jury,’’ Stephens said in a release that was issued prior to the death of Griffin.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 11:20 p.m. on Jan. 28, members of the Newark Police Department attempted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Clinton Avenue and Thomas Street.

When Griffin, the driver of the vehicle, allegedly refused to stop, a pursuit ensued. Shots were fired by one police officer at three separate locations. Dixon and Griffin were shot by the police officer. The pursuit ended in the area of 54 Irvine Turner Boulevard, near Kinney Street. A loaded semi-automatic handgun was reportedly found in the suspect car.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Bureau at 862-520-3700.