Read why cops who fatally shot man in South Jersey won’t be charged
The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office has released a detailed account of the December 2014 traffic stop in which passenger 36-year-old Jerame Reid was shot dead by two police, after a grand jury voted not to file charges against the officers.
In the account — a summary of the office's findings that were presented to the grand jury — it says both officers involved in the Bridgeton stop pointed their guns at the car's occupants when they discovered a handgun inside the vehicle. One of the officers had previously arrested Reid — and both knew he'd been arrested for shooting at an officer before, it says.
The driver complied with the officers commands, sticking his hands out of the car window. But Reid made his way out of the car as Officer Braheme Days shouted profanity-laden orders not to move, according to the account. The officer blocked the door, but Reid forced his way out, it says.
That left Reid and the officer face-to-face, and Days felt he and his partner were in imminent danger when they opened fire, the prosecutor's office said.
Both Days and Reid are black.
Read the full account from the prosecutor's office below:
The stop and shooting were captured by a patrol car dashboard camera, On the video Days is seen removing a gun from the car and pulling his weapon. Days shouts for Reid to put his hands up and not move, but Reid steps out of the vehicle with his hands up.
Prosecutors say Days fired seven shots and Officer Roger Worley fired once. The shooting lasted approximately 2 seconds.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.