CAMDEN, NJ — Body camera and street surveillance footage was released by the Attorney General's Office Friday nearly a month after a 26-year-old man died while fleeing from Camden police.
While the man is referred to as a Philadelphia resident by the AG, a resident told TAPinto that he frequented Camden and was beloved locally.
Rashad Muse, 26, died Feb. 6 after he was struck by multiple cars while running on I-676 in South Camden. He was first spotted at roughly 7:30 p.m. while speeding on Morton Street in a Dodge Charger, reads an account referenced by the Attorney General's Office.
As part of an investigation by the Attorney General, required under the circumstances of the man's death, videos were released late Friday.
Camden officer Edward Melton and officer trainee Danielle Sigwart, "were on patrol in a marked vehicle when they observed a Dodge Charger driven by a civilian, later identified as Mr. Muse, speeding on Morton Street," authorities said.
Melton turned on emergency lights and siren, but Muse reportedly did not stop. Although Melton did not follow Muse, his Dodge Charger was found after Muse, "pulled into a snowy lot off of Whitman Avenue."
Melton, as well as officers Billy Tran, Josepg Razo and Officer Trainees Sigwart and Eric Sweeney approached Muse commanding him to get out of the car.
Muse continued to drive, according to the report, and hit multiple cars including a police vehicle. He drove very close to officers on foot while near Whitman Avenue, the Attorney General's Office said.
Sgt. Brandon Galloza, who also responding saw Muse going "at high speed" on Mt. Ephraim Avenue. The 26-year-old was seen by Galloza making a left onto Pine Street.
At that point, Muse crashed into a support on the I-676 underpass, where he exited the car and ran up on an embankment.
"He's going up to 676," one of the officers can be heard calling out in a video. "He ran up the embankment. He's on the highway."
"Give me a unit on 676," he then added. "I believe there was just an MVA [motor vehicle accident]."
After he was hit by oncoming traffic, Muse was pronounced dead on the scene.
President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 218, Rick Kunkel, told TAPinto Camden, firstly that it was unfortunate that the incident led to a loss of life.
"The officers actions were just and inline with not only their training standards but also the Attorney General's guidelines as far as these incidents," Kunkel said, noting that he could not comment further given the pending investigation.
The Attorney General did not provide any further details nor a timeline over when the investigation would conclude.