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Suspect Indicted In Lakewood Officer’s Killing

Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz is seen in a vehicle - File / AP Photo/Jeffery Hanlon via Asbury Park Press

Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz (credit: AP Photo/Jeffery Hanlon via Asbury Park Press)

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A grand jury in Ocean County on Friday indicted a man in the shooting death of a Lakewood police officer in January.

jahmell crockam Suspect Indicted In Lakewood Officers Killing

Jahmell Crockam, center, who is accused in the murder of Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz, stands next to Deputy Public Defender Frank Gonzalez, left, during an appearance before Superior Court Judge Wendel Daniels. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Jahmell Crockam was charged with shooting Officer Christopher Matlosz after the officer pulled his police cruiser alongside the 19-year-old.

The grand jury indicted Crockam on charges of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and also unlawful possession of a weapon.

The indictment alleges two aggravating factors that could result in Crockam being sentenced to life in prison without parole: that the murder was committed to avoid apprehension, and the victim was a public servant carrying out official duties at the time of his killing.

Crockam was being held on $5 million bail. No trial date has been set.

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