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The state Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday identified the Cape May County Prosecutor’s detective who fatally shot a Millville teenager this month in a parking lot in Vineland.

John Caccia fired three shots at 19-year-old Jocob Servais on Oct. 18 while he was driving a Nassan Altima, authorities said.

The shooting occurred when Caccia and other detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Lower Township Police Department were conducting surveillance for an investigation into a violent crime that occurred in the county earlier in the month, Attorney General Gubrir S. Grewal said in a statement.

Caccia has been placed on administrative leave, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Capt. Michael Emmers said. Caccia’s annual salary is $73,518, according to public records.

Detectives believed Servais was a suspect, Grewal said. Whether Servais had a weapon is still under investigation.

The shooting took place about 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Just for Wheels Car, Truck and Van Rental at 2587 S. Delsea Drive. Servais was taken to Inspira Medical Center Vineland, where he was pronounced dead.

Al Wheeler, an attorney who represented Servais in two property-crime cases in Cumberland County that were dismissed days before the shooting, questioned the investigation’s transparency and called Servais “bright and respectful.”

“I believe that if the officers were comfortable with disclosure of their conduct, we would have more detail by now,” Wheeler said.

State Police charged Servais in June with death-by-auto in a crash that killed a 17-year-old passenger in his car, according to the Vineland Daily Journal.

The Oct. 18 incident was the second police-involved shooting in Vineland this year. In July, Vineland police fatally shot Rashaun Washington, of Camden, during a standoff outside a home. Washington threatened to trigger an explosive device.

All police deadly force incidents are reviewed by the state Attorney General and could be presented to a grand jury for independent review.

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Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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