N.J. corrections officer killed after high-speed chase ends in deadly collision in Newark – NJ.com
A New Jersey correctional police officer was killed early Saturday morning after a vehicle driven by suspects slammed into his car on a Newark street, the executive vice president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 105 said.
A spokesman from the Attorney General’s office confirmed Saturday his office is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning in Newark, but he declined to identify the victim.
However, the deceased officer was identified by the PBA and by fellow officers as Omar Martin.
The AG’s spokesman said the chase was initiated when an officer from the Hillside police department began pursuit of a Nissan Altima occupied by three men. The chase ended near the intersection of Bragaw Avenue and Aldine Street in Newark around 2:37 a.m., when the fleeing car struck the Ford Mustang the victim was driving broadside, pushing it into a utility pole.
The victim, who was trapped in his car, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
Two of the men from the other car were taken to University Hospital in Newark with injuries that are not life threatening. The third was taken to the Hillside Police Department.
William Sullivan, the executive vice president of the NJSPBA 105, told NJ Advance Media that Martin was a veteran correctional police officer at Northern State Prison.
“He was well-liked by everybody,” Sullivan said. “Nobody could say anything bad about him. He was just one of those all-around nice guys.”
The identities of the three men in the other car have not been released by the Attorney General’s office. The investigation is ongoing.
Editor’s note: Story is updated with the identification of the officer killed in the incident.