NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) — A Newark police officer charged with manslaughter in connection with a police-involved shooting is speaking out, saying his actions may have spared his own life.

Officer Jovanny Crespo was caught on video in January shooting into a moving car with darkened windows, killing 46-year-old Gregory Griffin and injuring his passenger.

The car had been stopped by police, and authorities say the men inside fled the traffic stop.

Crespo, who was released while he awaits trial, said that at the moment he fired his gun, he was worried about his life.