David Jernegan

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Service Record

Franklin Township (Gloucester) New Jersey Police Department

Rank Corporal (2016)[1], Sergeant[2]
Salary $107,760 (2021)[3][3]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2021 Death of Roy Jackel

On April 5, 2021, Jernegan responded to a vehicle crash. Jackel emerged from the woods, stole an empty police vehicle, and led officers on a brief pursuit.[2]

Jackel exited the vehicle, ran at officers with his hands behind his back, and ignored commands to show his hands. As Jackel approached, Jernegan shot.[2]

Officers provided medical care to Jackel until emergency medical services arrived. Jackel died at the scene.[2]

The incident was captured on vehicle dashcam.[4][5]

Response Timeline

An investigation was opened by the New Jersey Attorney General's office, who investigate all incidents where a person dies during an encounter with a police officer.[6]

On September 26, 2022, a New Jersey grand jury found that Jernegan was justified in shooting Jackel and declined to bring criminal charges against him.[7]

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