NJ detective, off duty, killed outside club
Michael Morgan was shot and killed during an attempted robbery
By PoliceOne Staff
PATERSON, N.J. — An off-duty Newark Police Detective was killed as he tried to stop a robbery outside a strip club early Monday.
Michael Morgan, 32, walked out of Sunrise Gentleman's Club with a group of friends and stopped on the sidewalk to talk to a woman, according to WPIX. A gunman grabbed the woman’s purse, and a struggle ensued.
Police said Morgan, a 6.5-year police veteran, was shot in the side.
"We had officers in the area investigating another reported robbery about three blocks away when we got a call for an officer shot," Paterson police director Glenn Brown said. "We responded and when our officers arrived they found the Newark officer laying in the street with a single gunshot wound to his side."
Morgan was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital — less than a block from the shooting scene — and pronounced dead.
According to authorities, Morgan was single, but officers from both Newark and Paterson were like his family and will mourn his death.
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