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Tim Seidel, of Millville, right, sits in court with attorney Jeffrey Hark, in this July 24, 2012, file photo from his arraignment at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Bridgeton. 

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A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted the man authorities say is responsible for the July 8 death of a Millville police officer.

Timothy Seidel, 24, of Commercial Township, was indicted on two counts of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, eluding police and aggravated assault by auto, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday. Seidel is in Cumberland County jail on $500,000 bail.

City police said in July that they started following Timothy Seidel near High Street and Harrison Avenue after he allegedly hit another police cruiser in that area.

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Authorities allege Seidel was driving erratically.

Police were following Seidel and Millville Officer Christopher Reeves was serving as a back-up officer when, authorities said, Seidel struck Reeves' vehicle at Broad and Third streets.

Reeves’ partner Jonathan Seidel — no relation — was seriously injured in the crash.

Timothy Seidel was initially hospitalized in critical condition because of injuries suffered in the crash, and transferred to the jail afterward.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter under two theories of what caused Reeves’ death: Timothy Seidel attempting to elude police and Seidel driving recklessly.

Contact Joel Landau:

609-272-7215, jlandau@pressofac.com

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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