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.
Police are still searching for the suspect.