TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A Jackson police officer has been charged with interfering in a murder investigation surrounding the death of a man found fatally shot at a restaurant last month.
Eric Prosniewski, 45, was charged Thursday with hindering apprehension. He remained jailed on $100,000 bail after making an initial court appearance Friday. His attorney wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Prosniewski is accused of giving false, deceptive and misleading information in the investigation of the death of Peyman Sanandaji. The 34-year-old man was found dead April 9.
Prosecutors say Prosniewski is friends with Daniele Romeodisantillo, one of two men charged in the killing. Prosecutors refused to release additional details about what Prosniewski allegedly did, other than to say he was off duty at the time of the alleged offense.
The officer has been suspended without pay, pending the resolution of the criminal case.
Jackson police Chief Matthew Kunz called the arrest “unfortunate” and “regrettable.”
“The Jackson Township Police Department remains steadfastly committed to our community, and to maintaining the faith and confidence which has been instilled in each and every member of this agency by those we are sworn to protect,” Kunz added in a statement.
Romeodisantillo, 27, of Manalapan is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a weapons charge. Hector Calderon, 47, of Freehold is charged with murder.
Prosecutors have said the two suspects and Sanandaji were meeting when Calderon allegedly got into an altercation with the victim.
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