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Grand jury declines to indict Newark officers after fatal shooting

Grand jury declines to indict Newark officers after fatal shooting

The grand jury vote followed an investigation by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability into the shooting death of Everett Rand.

In May 2023, police responded to a 911 call about a shooting at a residence on Johnson Avenue, the Attorney General’s Office said. Police observed Rand leave the residence and throw an item into a dumpster, authorities said.

While pursuing Rand, Officer Steven Ferreira saw Rand reach into his waistband and pull out what appeared to be a handgun during the foot pursuit, authorities said. Ferreira then fell to the ground and shot Rand several times, authorities said. Officer Ryan Castro then shot Rand, authorities said. A handgun was recovered after Rand’s arrest, authorities said. Rand was pronounced dead at University Hospital shortly after the shooting, authorities said.

Earlier, Rand had thrown another weapon, a semi-automatic pistol with a high-capacity magazine, into the dumpster where he was first observed by police, authorities said.

When police entered the home, they found a 27-year-old Newark man shot and an 8-year-old boy struck by gunfire, authorities said. The 8-year-old boy later died of his injuries, authorities said.

A third person suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the gunshot wound, authorities said.

Under New Jersey state law, the Attorney General’s Office is required to investigate a person’s death when a police investigation is involved. The evidence must then be presented to a grand jury to determine if charges are warranted.

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