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AG’s office releases video footage, 911 call, and identity of decedent, officers in investigation of fatal police-involved shooting in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – The Attorney General’s Office Monday released a 911 call and video footage from body worn cameras and mobile video recorders (MVRs) related to a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred on July 4, 2021, in Newton.

The decedent has been identified as Gulia Dale, III, 61, who lived at the address where the shooting occurred. The Newton Police Department officers who fired their service weapons at Dale are Officers Steven Kneidl and Garrett Armstrong, authorities said.

The fatal shooting remains under investigation by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) and the recordings are being released in response to an OPRA request and pursuant to policies established by the Attorney General in 2019 that are designed to promote the fair, impartial, and transparent investigation of fatal police encounters, authorities said.

On Friday, July 30 investigators met with the decedent’s family and attorney to review the video recordings, authorities said.

According to the preliminary investigation, three uniformed officers of the Newton Police Department arrived at a residence on Clive Place in Newton, at around 9:30 p.m. in response to a 911 call from a family member who was concerned about Dale’s behavior and the fact that he had a gun, authorities said.

When police arrived, Dale was attempting to leave his residence in a vehicle. At this time, the officers’ body-worn cameras were activated and recording the events that transpired, authorities said.

The officers gave Dale verbal commands to get out the vehicle and he did get out. He then opened the rear driver’s side door, briefly leaned inside, and then closed the door, authorities said.

Dale subsequently got in the driver’s seat, and officers continued to give verbal commands for him to exit the vehicle. He got out once again with an object in his hand. Officer Steven Kneidl and Officer Garrett Armstrong discharged their duty firearms, striking the vehicle and fatally wounding Dale, authorities said.

Investigators recovered a .45-caliber Glock 21 firearm near Dale. Officers and emergency medical personnel rendered medical aid to Dale at the scene. He was later pronounced deceased by medical personnel, authorities said.

The recordings being released include a recording of the 911 call, video recordings from the body worn cameras of Officers Kneidl and Armstrong, and video recordings from MVRs in three police vehicles.

To view the recordings, click here.

This investigation is being conducted pursuant to a state law enacted in January 2019 (P.L. 2019, c.1), which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct all investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody. Separately, the Independent Prosecutor Directive, which was issued by then-Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in December 2019, outlines a 10-step process for conducting these investigations. The Directive establishes clear procedures governing such investigations to ensure that they are conducted in a full, impartial and transparent manner. Under both state law and the Directive, when the entire investigation is complete, the case will be presented to a grand jury, typically consisting of 16 to 23 citizens, to make the ultimate decision regarding whether criminal charges will be filed.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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