An Englewood man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Hackensack man during a confrontation between two groups outside a Bogota bar.
Talek Lawson, 23, also was charged with weapons offenses after authorities said he gunned down 28-year-old Dakota Johnson with a shot in the chest outside Buddy's Place on Fort Lee Road around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Justin Dula, 20 of Englewood, was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the brawl, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced.
Johnson, a 28-year-old father of two who'd only just been released from prison two weeks ago, was killed when he came to another's rescue following an argument that began in the bar and spilled outside, friends said.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound Johnson was found on the front lawn of a nearby house on Leonia Avenue and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Calo said.
Everyone else scattered, Calo said.
Lawson, who records show has a drug arrest history, and Dula both remained held in the Bergen County Jail.
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