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Release* ††† ††††††Date: January 20, 2009††††† †††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††† ††† †Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office
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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *Press Release* ††† ††††††Date: January 20, 2009††††† †††††††† ††††††††††††††††
††††††††††† On January 12, 2009, at 11:14 p.m., two officers from the South Brunswick Police Department shot and killed 23 year old Jacob Olson.† The Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office has jurisdiction in police involved shooting cases that result in a fatality, and as a matter of policy, no law enforcement officer but the County Prosecutor or his designee is permitted to comment regarding the details of the cases.† Having an independent agency (such as the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office) conduct the investigation and disseminate information assures an impartial and fair review of the incident to determine whether the officers acted in accordance with the law.
††††††††† The purpose of this press release is to provide additional information about the shooting.
January 13, 2009, an autopsy was performed on Jacob Olson by Middlesex
††††††††† The officers involved in the shooting have 14 and 2 years of law enforcement experience respectively (all with the South Brunswick Police Department).† Both officers have been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.† In addition, all officers involved in shooting incidents are required to attend a confidential debriefing with a department approved medical professional within 48 hours following the incident.† The return to work of the two officers involved in this shooting will be based on a review of the examining doctorís evaluation report and the results of the investigation.
††††††††† No conclusions or determinations about this incident will be made until all of the following investigative tasks are completed:
††††††††† 1.†††††† Scene analysis;
††††††††† 2.†††††† Interview of all witnesses with† relevant information;
††††††††† 3.†††††† Interview of both officers involved in the shooting;
††††††††† 4.†††††† Ballistics analysis;
††††††††† 5.†††††† Review of autopsy results;
††††††††† 6.†††††† Toxicology analysis;
††††††††† 7.†††††† Review of videotape from police car;
††††††††† 8.†††††† Review of all police audio transmissions regarding this incident;
††††††††† 9.†††††† Review of any and all other pertinent information.
††††††††† The identity of both officers involved in the shooting and additional details regarding the autopsy findings will not be disclosed until certain investigative tasks are completed.† It is anticipated that this information will be released next week.
Any questions about this press release should be directed to
Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas F. Sewitch at (732) 331-3389