$25K Reward Offered For Info In Shooting Death Of Off-Duty Newark Police Officer

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – An off-duty Newark detective was shot and killed early Monday.

The shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m. outside Sunrise Gentlemen’s Lounge near Straight Street and Getty Avenue.

Police say a robber approached 32-year-old Det. Michael Morgan as he was talking outside with a dancer from the club. Police believe there was a struggle, and Morgan was shot once in the side.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

Paterson Police and and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Morgan was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead nearly 90 minutes after the shooting.

CBS 2’s Jay Dow reports the woman Morgan was with was not injured.

Newark Police Chief Sheila Coley characterized Morgan — a six-year department veteran — as one of Newark’s best officers.

“One of our finest, one of our brightest stars,” Coley said. “He worked in one of our special enforcement units and it’s going to be a great loss.”

New Jersey’s largest police union reportedly has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.

A woman who lives next door to the Sunrise Gentleman’s Lounge told CBS 2 she’s not surprised to hear that violence broke out – outside her front door.

“This use to be a quiet neighborhood until Sunrise showed up,” she said.

The gunman is still on the loose.

Police suspect the same person was responsible for another robbery on a nearby street shortly before the incident that left Morgan dead.

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  1. JB says:

    Have some freakin’ respect! I knew the man personally and yes he was a hero in every sense of the word.

    1. MIKE says:

      whatever man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      WHO KILLS INNOCENT CIVILIANS??????

      THE NYC GANG…SORRY MEANT THE NYPD

  2. MIKE says:

    JOHN Q IS KILLED BY COPS ON THE REGULAR BASIS AND THERE IS NO AWARD FOR THE PEOPLE WHO MURDERED BY COPS. i FEEL SORRY FOR THIS YOUNG POLICE OFFICER BUT LETS PLAY A FAIR GAME. WHEN COPS KILL AN INNOCENT CIVILIAN, THERE’S NO PUNISHMENT FOR THE OFFICER.

    I FEEL THE CHICKENS ARE COMING HOME TO ROOST.

    1. Junkpunch says:

      Hey Mike- take CAPSLOCK off when you comment next time

  3. Sven says:

    Interesting when a cop is called all hell breaks loose. But when we are murdered it is treated as just another murder in the city.
    Would like to see the system respect us, there employer, with the same intensity.
    Pay attention to these murders, cops, and watch there actions. They really want to put the killer away but with us…

  4. bebe 333 says:

    As a dancer who works close to sunrise this does not shock me.I always make sure I have one of the bouncers walk me to me car,because of how bad paterson is.What this man did is truly heroic and selfless but its a shame that he had to pay the ultamite price.Rip micheal morgan.

    1. Available says:

      Hey bebe 333- I will protect you, caress you, love you… let me know if you are interested

      Eddy

      1. bebe 333 says:

        Okay, Eddy, but please realize that I *ahem* leave the seat up, if ya know what I mean.

  5. Alex says:

    Why Rob someone coming out of a gentlemens club. Good chance they’re leaving with no money. Rest in peace to the officer.

  6. MJ says:

    hw was killedoff duty but they are now going to act like he died a hero

    1. LEGALAY says:

      LISTEN UP LOSER!!… A POLICE OFFICER IS NEVER OFFICIALLY OFF DUTY FOR YOUR INFORMATION… ITS A TITLE THAT REQUIRES YOU TO BE ON WATCH 24 HRS A DAY, 365 DAY A YEAR OR UNTIL YOUR WATCH IS OVER.. UNFORTUNATLY DET. MORGANS WATCH HAS EXPIRED & YES HE WILL BE BURIED WITH ALL RESPECT AS A HERO… HOPE I WAS ABLE TO ENLIGHTEN YOU A LITTLE BIT MJ.. SO HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE RESPECT TOWARDS THE DECEASE & HIS FAMILY….

      1. MJ says:

        yeah i don’t go to strip bars so i guess i’m a loser and will never be a hero …. ALL COPS ARE NOT HEROS

      2. Meme Meyagi says:

        legaley, you got the decease part right, everything else is garbage coming from a pig about a pig. pigs are not heroes, got it pig?

    2. Tiffany Sweetcheex says:

      All strip club patrons are heroes!

  7. Bullett says:

    Sorry for the loss of officer Morgan, but I ask the following. Why is it that John Doe is shot & killed, and no reward. A cop on duty, or not, is shot & killed and the reward is offered in big numbers. Can anyone explain this to me?

  8. j. Torre says:

    Where were all the negative comments when Cooperstown bound Saint Sean was killed outside a strip club?

  9. Rudy V. Giuliani Jr. says:

    Sad ,but what the heck is a cop doing even near a dive like this let
    alone someone 32 years of age.Try church next time or a Temple.
    The perp should give himself up now. NJ ain’t all the great Gov.Christie.

  10. Cuban B says:

    i love how the neighbor says it used to be a good neighborhood before sunrise opened lmao YEAH RITE if you dont mind crackhead junkies and gangbangers for neighbors lol paterson was nice in the 1930’s and thats a long way from home

  11. Jack says:

    cops are so corrupted. 3:30AM? with a HOOKER? and he is claimed to be a “star”?

  12. Harry Johnson says:

    The word is out on the toilet called Paterson….really, what else do you expect from this towering example of lawlessness, corruption, and ghetto trash? It’s sad for Mr. Morgan’s family, but as a law enforcement officer – he of all people should have understood where he was. It’s too bad the Passaic river flooding from hurricane Irene didn’t flush this civic garbage dump out to sea…

  13. nypj says:

    NYC’s copshot posters offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone shooting a NYPD officer, guess the cops lives are not worth as much in new jersey…

  14. ASIAN GURU says:

    YOU GO TO SUNRISE FOR A BEER AND SEX……THAT PLACE IS NOTHING BUT A PROSTITUTION HOUSE

  15. Ben says:

    Some areas in our Nation is worse than Afganistan or Bagdad…Get our troups here where they are needed……………………….

  16. Joe Schmo says:

    Would bet my many many shares of McD stock that the assailant was of a different ethnicity than the officer.

  17. A. Sharpton says:

    Hey, very sad when anyone dies, BUT appears he was involved in
    “less than honorable” activity at 3:30 in the a.m. So, of course, not gonna get a whole lotta sympathy!

    1. Dr. Steven says:

      Where did you lose your humanity?

      1. Meme Meyagi says:

        oink much, eh dr steven?

  18. Bartholomew Harte says:

    R.I.P. to him ,as for yuo low rent (or maybe Free rent!)posters,when your asses are in a jam remember your own philosophy_Dom’t snitch,Call Brutha Ice-T instead!

  19. Sandy Simmson says:

    YEEAAAHHHHHH like ICE-T said it best !!!!

  20. Sandman says:

    Your a jerk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. donna benfatti says:

    just because someone goes to a gentleman’s club doesn’t mean he has to pay with his life…..he was a great officer from the equally hard hit Newark community. He was trying to protect when he was shot and killed….protect those girls working at the club when shomeone robbed them. My condolences go out not only to his family but the community of Newark and the Newark Police Dept. They have lost a true hero.

  22. Ellen says:

    My heat goes out to the police officer and his family. What can one say in a time like this when by all that is right and just this officer should be alive and well celebrating the oncoming holidays with his family.

  23. bullett says:

    Sunrise Gentlemen’s Club, one does not need to be a genius to figure this scenario out. Just use your imagination.

  24. Wild Wild West says:

    Paterson has turned into the Wild Wild West, It has’nt always been the greatest Town but now it is absolutely the worst. The Police allow people to stand outside on the street corners all hours of the night and morning. Then they wonder why the Town has so much violence going on. Maybe it’s just me but if you have people just hanging out on a street corner between 1am to 5am maybe they are just up to no good, I dont think they are neighborhood watch volunteers.

  25. Gregory says:

    God rest the soul of this police officer.

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