2 arrested in shooting death of Newark cop

Two people have been arrested and charged in the murder and robbery of an off-duty Newark police officer in Paterson that took place earlier this

PATERSON - Two people have been arrested and charged in the murder and robbery of an off-duty Newark police officer in Paterson that took place earlier this week. Police say Newark Detective Michael Morgan, 32, was outside the Sunrise Gentlemen's Lounge near Getty Avenue on Monday morning. He was speaking with one of the club's dancers when he was shot in the torso and robbed. Authorities have identified the suspects as Jerome Wright, 24, who is connected to various addresses in Paterson and Newark, and Nahali Gadsin, 19, of Newark. The Passaic County Prosecutors Office says that Wright shot Morgan and then robbed the dancer, a 32-year-old woman, at gunpoint. She was forced to lie on the ground as the robber took her purse containing a cell phone, credit card and money. Police say Wright also took Morgan's wallet, which contained police identification.

Hours after the robbery, authorities say Wright was seen on surveillance video attempting to use the dancer's credit card at a Foot Locker in Newark.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 New Jersey Sportscast, March 27
Caleb 'Kai the hitchhiker' McGillvary tells News 12 2 Lawyer files motion to dismiss murder charges against viral video star
Decision expected this afternoon on possible Westminster Choir 3 Decision expected on possible Westminster Choir College closing
LeRoy Boyd is accused of holding his girlfriend's 4 Man who allegedly held child hostage charged with kidnapping
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 5 New Jersey Weather Forecast

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE