Dash cam footage released Monday shows seven Atlantic City, NJ, and Pleasantville, NJ, officers in a 2014 gunfight with a man who started shooting at police after he led them on a 10-mile high-speed car chase.
Police fatally shot 27-year-old Antoquan Watson, of Williamstown, in March 2014. In 2015, a grand jury declined to indict the seven officers involved in the incident.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said it was releasing the footage following a New Jersey Supreme Court decision earlier this month that ruled dash cam footage of fatal shootings involving police should be made public.
The chase began after police received a report that Watson had brought a gun into Pleasantville’s La Esconda II Restaurant, where he was a regular customer known to employees.
The officers shot Watson 45 times. Several officers stated that they believed Watson was wearing body armor, as he was able to continue walking once hit by several bullets, authorities said. An autopsy later revealed that he had PCP in his system, NJ.com reports.
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