A state grand jury has declined to press charges against four police officers who shot and killed a man in Wayne two years ago after a high-speed chase through three counties, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday.
The officers — Sgt. Frank Tracey, Officer James Ciampi and Officer Kevin Chen of the Fairfield Police Department and Lt. Robert Franco of the Wayne Police Department — shot Bradley G. Pullman, 48, of Queens on April 26, 2020, near the tangled crossroads of Route 46, Route 23 and Interstate 80, according to a statement from acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck.
Police cruisers from Fairfield, Wayne and Mountain Lakes had corralled Pullman that day near Willowbrook Mall after a lengthy chase that began when Pullman made an illegal U-turn on Route 46, Bruck said.
Police dashboard camera footage, released two months later, shows Pullman open the driver’s side door of his white Lexus with a loaded .380-caliber pistol in his hand, aimed outward.
Officers opened fire, riddling the car with bullets that blew holes in Pullman’s rear windshield and killed him in his seat.
The grand jury reviewed witness interviews, forensic evidence, video footage and the autopsy results from the medical examiner before agreeing to clear the officers, the attorney general’s statement said.
Steve Janoski covers law enforcement for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news about those who safeguard your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.