🔴 Timothy Parks ignored orders from State Police troopers

🔴 Troopers opened fire after Parks shot a dog and pointed the rifle at the troopers

🔴 A grand jury declined to file criminal charges

Two New Jersey State Police troopers will not face charges after fatally shooting a man who killed his dog in front of them in his car after a crash.

Body cam footage released by the Attorney General's Office shows troopers Joselo Machuca and Eduardo Tejada approach a car that went off Starlite Hill Road in Knowlton and into a ditch on Nov. 7, 2021 around 1:30 a.m.

Trooper approaches a car in a ditch off Starlite Hill Road Knowlton 11/21
Trooper approaches a car in a ditch off Starlite Hill Road Knowlton 11/21 (NJ OAG)

Ignoring the trooper commands

The driver, Timothy Parks, 36, of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, ignored the troopers' instructions to keep his hands on the wheel and instead turned up the music on the radio.

According to the Attorney General's Office, Parks moved the rifle he was holding and shot a dog sitting in the driver's seat and continued to move it in the direction of one of the troopers. In an instant, both responding troopers fired at Parks whose body fell out the door and onto the ground.

Vehicle after driver was shot by NJ State Police troopers in Knowlton 11/21
Vehicle after driver was shot by NJ State Police troopers in Knowlton 11/21 (NJ OAG)

Shooting was investigated by the Attorney General's Office

Parks was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m.

Following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, a state grand jury voted "no bill" on Monday, meaning no criminal charges will be filed against the troopers.

Per a directive by the Attorney General's Office, an investigation is conducted when a death results from an encounter with an on-duty law enforcement officer.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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