Probe shooting in Nutley home


The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/ Major Crimes Task Force is investigating a Friday night shooting in Nutley involving a former cop.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said in a press release issued Saturday night that retired Belleville Police Officer John Towey, 62, of Nutley, has been charged with aggravated assault for the shooting of his 58-year-old brother.

According to Murray, the shooting happened in Towey’s home. His brother had been staying with him for the past few days, she said.

Towey’s brother is in University Hospital, Newark, where he is listed in stable condition, Murray said. One bullet pierced the victim’s spine, she said.

The alleged shooter is being held at the Essex County Jail, Newark, on $75,000 bail.

No motive was given for the attack.

Murray did not disclose the victim’s first name or how many rounds were fired.

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