2 Arrests In Connection With Shooting Death Of Off-Duty Newark Det. Michael Morgan

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Two people have been arrested in Philadelphia in connection with the shooting death of an off-duty Newark police detective, prosecutors said.

Jerome Wright, 24, and his girlfriend, Nashali Gadson, 19, of Newark, were arrested Wednesday and charged with felony murder, robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon. If convicted, they face 30 years to life in prison.

Bail has been set at $1.5 million each.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

Det. Michael Morgan, 32, was shot to death around 3:30 a.m. Monday outside the Sunrise Gentleman’s Lounge near Straight Street and Getty Avenue in Paterson where he was attending a friend’s birthday party.

Police said Wright approached Morgan as he was talking outside with a dancer from the club. Police believe Morgan got involved after Wright grabbed the dancer’s purse — which was filled with cash.

Morgan was shot once in the side. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead nearly 90 minutes after the shooting.

Prosecutors said Wright made off with the dancer’s purse and Morgan’s wallet.

The investigation is ongoing and officials said they may be looking for other suspects. While the detective’s gun was recovered at the scene, the murder weapon has not been found.

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said Wright had robbed a 32-year-old woman at gunpoint around 2:45 a.m. — 20 minutes before killing Morgan — in Paterson taking her purse, cellphone and credit cards.

“Her robber put a gun to her head and forced her to lay on the ground as he robbed her,” Valdes said.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

One of the cards had apparently been used on Nov. 7 at a Foot Locker in  Newark.

CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reports the suspects were arrested at a motel in the Philadelphia area after someone noticed Wright from a surveillance image released by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker said the arrests bring comfort to a department that is hurting.

“”He was the greatest of heroes from our community and some two bit criminal and criminals stole his life from his family from the community and his country and for what? Some credit cards and some chump change,” Booker said.

At the Sunrise Gentleman’s Lounge, employees said the dancer Morgan was protecting is so upset she is taking time off.

Fellow police officers say Morgan’s family is thankful the arrests came before his wake which is set for Thursday.

Morgan’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

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  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Me Tarzan U Monkey

    Abortion applications should be attached to the Welfare checks.

  • The Judge

    Ghetto Garbage always have a “Oh Lordy Lord. White man caught my dumb black @@ again. Oh wuz I duz wit out my drugs en the police station!” “Wuz a crack head tu du?”

  • bullett

    Its hard to imagine a pretty girl like Nashali tagging with some ugly duckling like Jerome. Let’s see if he steps up when he’s behind that big prison wall, or if he becomes someone’s bitch.

  • Yankee Fan

    Folks, please think before writing racist comments. They do no good and cause so much harm. I am a white middle age man who grew up in East Harlem. I am proud to have black friends, latino friends, and white friends. We all need to support each other as life is difficult enough without adding gas to the fire. Fact is every faction of people have good and bad. Same with the police. We need to honor the good, weed out the bad, and all work together to make our time here as best we can. Reading comments like CRACK HEAD disturb me as they are destructive and serve no good purpose. Imagine if we all started to understand and respect each other. What a better place it would be. AMEN!

    • DanTe

      Here’s a hint: If you have to LIE to make your point, you have NO Point.

      I grew up surrounded by deSPICable M O N K E Y S. And the first thing any human learns is never ever trust them. Like any other animals, they should be left alone in their natural environment. But imbecilic libs like “yankee fan” insists upon uprooting these animals and putting them in human environments.

      • Whites luv sheep

        For a group (whites) that sure loves to call other races monkeys and other animal names, your ancesters sure had no problem sleeping with what they thought were animals.

    • Freedom

      That doesn’t work in the housing projects.

      • Yankee Fan


        I grew up in a housing project off Palidino Avenue (north of Pleasant Ave). Trust me, compassion and understanding can work any where. I have seen it in the many places I have traveled as an adult

        • Freedom

          Only works when the person is reasonable and has morals and ethics. Projects of today are no way the same as years ago. I lived in two different ones in the past and things are worst.

  • mj

    what ever happened to innocent till proven guilty ? seems to be a foriegn concept around here. or is that only for white people ?

    • MJisaRacist

      Yes, it is only for white people…..Next question

      • mj

        nice name ya got there… oh btw i’m white

  • Whitey

    Wright looks like an escapee from the local zoo…………….Alert: All zoos check your cages in the baboon section.

    • Monkey Trainer

      Just leave a trail of Crack and Cocaine. That always brings them home to Da Zoo.

      • Whitey

        So true……………..if short on cash, try a banana.

  • GURU


    • MustTypeInCaps

      Did you have the beer before or after you gave a bj?

  • MattyMc

    WAIT A MINUTE! I thought ODB was dead~ go figure

    • Mike Baldwin

      Hopefully this guy likes it raw too lol

      • Kanye East

        Oh, snap!

        • J.J. DYNOMITE!!!

          Oh no they didn’t!……..DYNOMITE!!!

  • BPK


  • bobby

    Like always never one ,always multiple punk SKIDS with a weapon .These Punk Skids walk around like tough guys but are straight PUNKS when alone with out a weapon MULTIPLE.BRAIN DEAD SKIDS TOGETHER WITH A WEAPON EQUALS A CRIME …..

  • Fritz Von

    Gun control no, primate control YES !!!

  • Devenio

    Condolences to the cops family. Here’s a question no one is asking… What was a cop doing hanging out with strippers at that hour of the morning? In that area? Seems rather strange that a cop would be hanging out with that criminal element at that hour of the morning. An immediate investigation into the cops dealings with the strippers is needed.

    • Monkey trainer

      What is a Neg ro doing shooting people and using their credit cards.

    • martin

      Strip clubs, whether you approve or not, are legal in NJ.

    • Fritz Von

      Maybe he liked hot chicks? I know it’s rare for a man do think about such things, but I guess it could happen.

    • DanTe

      Cops are human …they have urges too….at least he was off-duty.

    • Disgusted

      He was there for a friend’s birthday celebration. Not to mention he was a 32 year old single adult…so he can do what ever the hell he wants if its legal, which IT IS! I am angry that you are actually trying to spin this around and say that the cop was doing something wrong! People like you disgust me. Have you and your friends ever been to a strip club, probably. do you need an investigation done on you for that?

    • bobby

      You sound like your probably between 20-25 the product of a crack head .Don’t hate white people because your mother was a crack head and you have no idea who daddy is .Its cool in the hood being a crack head baby today because at least your not the minority .What a brain dead fool …The only thing this officer did was to be in a place where skids happen to be .Where ever there is a skid there is a problem ….

    • Patrick Creeden

      So, because he was a police officer, he should live like a nun and stay in the house when he is off duty.? Notthing illegal about going to a strip joint. Perhaps he was being a gentleman and walking the lady to her car? And perhaps he was shot when he tried to take POLICE ACTION to stop a crime in progress?

  • Very conservative

    monkeys as usual

    • Kirk

      As always. America’s Black Plague.

    • Devenio

      Actually, its you mutants that come from monkeys. While you genetic mistakes were hanging from trees and crapping your pink little mutant selves [ever notice how white babies look like baby rats?] we were kings of the earth. Then you mutant deceased germs showed up. There went the ‘hood!

      • Africa is the failed Prototype

        Evolution moves forward not backward which is what da brothers are …PROTOTYPES. The next step is the final product. Read a book instead of smoking Da Weed. Ever noticed how black babies look like monkeys and terds? Don’t you got a welfare check to cash? OH SNAP! NO HE DIDN’T!

      • DevenioTheRAcist

        Oh no you di’int!

        • Me Tarzan U Chita

          Evolution moves forward not backward which is what da brothers are …PROTOTYPES. The next step is the final product. Read a book instead of smoking Da Weed. Ever noticed how black babies look like monkeys and t@rds? Don’t you got a welfare check to cash? OH SNAP! NO HE DIDN’T!

          • To the Racists

            You sound very ignorant. If You really had any sense of true history other than the Johnny come late history they taught you. You would come to see that Africans Blacks are the worlds Progenitor. Whites and every other race came from that one seed. The only thing is that whites have a recessive constitution. Look it up and tell me who’s lying. So far, on a world scale All I see is Whites controlling everything and creating havoc all around the globe. Yeah, we supposed minorities do crimes too. But look at all the heinous and atrocious acts whites have been committing through out history.

  • Ellen

    May this young police officer rest in peace. Glad they got the ones who did this horrible thing.

    • Devenio

      Lets hope its the ones. Cops don’t usually care if they get the right guy.

      • joe

        Whats the difference another piece of crap off the streets the end

        • Kirk

          You got that right.

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