Off-duty Newark detective fatally shot in Paterson

An off-duty Newark police detective was fatally shot early this morning in Paterson, Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said today.

Detective Michael Morgan, a six-year veteran of the force, was shot near the corner of Straight Street and Getty Avenue. Police believe the 32-year-old was outside the Sunrise Gentlemen's Lounge talking to a woman when a man approached and took money from the woman.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker said today in a news release, "Our condolences go out to the family of Detective Michael Morgan. Detective Morgan was a proud and courageous servant of our city. His loss is tragic, and the circumstances of his death make it all the more painful. Our prayers are with his family and all who knew and loved this great man."

Police are still looking for the suspect who is believed to have been involved in the robbery earlier this morning. He is described as a tall black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Police believe the suspect was responsible for another armed robbery a few minutes earlier.

NJ Cop Shot is offering a $25,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person who shot the officer. Anyone with information is asked to call Paterson police at (973) 321-1120.

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