Detective Michael Morgan, Jr.

Detective Michael Morgan, Jr.

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, November 7, 2011

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Michael Morgan, Jr.

Detective Michael Morgan was shot and killed while attempting to take action during a robbery while he was off duty in Paterson, New Jersey.

He and several friends were visiting a club on Straight Street. While outside, speaking to an employee, a suspect approached and attempted to rob the two at gunpoint. Detective Morgan attempted to take action but was shot once in the side as he reached for his weapon.

Responding units from the Paterson Police Department transported Detective Morgan to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his wound.

The suspect fled the scene, however, the shooter and his girlfriend were arrested two days later in a hotel near Philadelphia. The subject who shot him was sentenced to 39 years in prison and the man's girlfriend was sentenced to 10 years.

Detective Morgan had served with the Newark Police Department for 6-1/2 years. He is survived by his mother, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge 43

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 39 years

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It has been a while since I stopped by your page, but you have been on my mind more than usual these last few days. One of those memories that keeps coming back was the night you called me in the middle of the night trying to get me to remember the names of the kids from the school we dealt with. You were positive he was giving you a false name. For 20 minutes I named names and you kept telling me “not him”. I’ld Give anything for one of those “emergency “ calls from you again. I keep your Mass card on my rear view mirror so we travel the US together.

Miss you my friend!

Kristine Sinram

June 9, 2019

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