A retired Belleville NJ police officer has been indicted on attempted murder charges in Nutley, NJ.
The 62-year-old suspect was reportedly at his home in Nutley when he brandished a handgun and shot his 58-year-old brother. The incident reportedly happened on February 27.
The shooting left the victim with a gunshot wound to his spine.
According to law enforcement, the victim was staying at the suspect’s residence at the time of the shooting. He had reportedly been at the home for a few days prior to the firearm incident.
The suspect was placed under arrest on February 28, one day after the shooting.
The suspect was charged with several crimes, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Now the suspect, who reportedly retired from his job with the Belleville Police Department in 2009, has been formally indicted by an Essex County grand jury.
While the suspect was awaiting indictment, he was being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. He later secured his release by posting a $75,000 bail amount.
The suspect will be required to appear in Essex County Superior Court in Newark NJ on September 18 for his arraignment hearing.
After the indictment was issued, the suspect’s defense attorney issued a statement declaring that the suspect will be contesting the charges and that he expects to be exonerated.
For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Retired Belleville Cop Indicted in Attempted Murder of His Brother.”