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UPDATE: Newark Man Charged In Death Of Correctional Officer

Omar Martin Photo Credit: Courtesy of William Sullivan
A police chase that began in Hillside ended in Newark early Saturday morning. One person was killed. Photo Credit: Google

UPDATE, Aug. 30: A Newark man faces manslaughter and other charges in connection with the officer's death. Click here for more.

UPDATE: A GoFundMe campaign has been started on behalf of Omar Martin's family. Click here for more.

Original story below:

The Attorney General's Office is investigating after a car fleeing from police during a pursuit crashed into another vehicle in Newark early Saturday, killing one person.

NJ PBA Local 105 identified the victim as Omar Martin, a correctional police officer* at Northern State Prison.

According to a preliminary investigation, a Hillside police officer was chasing a Nissan Altima containing three men. The pursuit went into Newark, where the Altima hit Martin's Ford Mustang broadside at Aldine Street and Bragaw Avenue around 2:37 a.m., sending it into a utility pole. Martin, who was entrapped, was pronounced dead at the scene.

All three men in the Altima were apprehended. Two of them were taken to University Hospital for treatment and the the third was taken to the Hillside police station. None of their names were released.

Under a law passed in January, the Office of the Attorney General investigates when an encounter with law enforcement results in someone's death.

*Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the victim's job title

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