- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey state trooper who fired at a car occupied by three teenagers during an incident at his home last summer won’t face criminal charges.

The Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday night that a state grand jury declined to indict the trooper, whose name has not been disclosed.

Officials have said the shooting in Sparta occurred after the teens mistakenly knocked on the off-duty trooper’s door in July 2015 while looking for a friend’s house.

Fearing intruders were trying to enter his home, the trooper armed himself with a handgun. He confronted the teens, who drove off and turned around in the cul-de-sac where the home is located.

The teens said they swerved to avoid the trooper. He feared they were trying to run him over.

Two shots hit the teen’s car, while the third didn’t hit anything. No injuries were reported.

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