TNA Star’s Cousin Shot and Killed, Assailant Remains At Large

Nick Paglino

NJ.com is reporting that TNA Impact Wrestling star Matt Morgan's cousin, Michael Morgan, was shot and killed on Monday morning after being held up at gunpoint while escorting a dancer to her car.

Morgan, a detective in The Newark Police Department for 6 years, was outside of a Paterson, NJ nightclub at 3am on Monday morning when the hold up took place. The story notes, "while he was off-duty near a Paterson nightclub this morning, the talented and aggressive drug cop did exactly what DeMaio and those who knew him have come to expect — he tried to stop him [the assailant].

That dedication may have gotten him killed.

Seconds before he was shot, police believe, Morgan reached for a weapon to defend himself and a woman from an assailant trying to rob them outside Sunshine Gentleman’s Lounge in Paterson, DeMaio said tonight. The attack, which happened just after 3 a.m., ended with Morgan suffering a fatal gunshot wound to the torso. He died within the hour at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, just across the street from where he was shot." The story, which you can read in full if you click the above link, noted that the police are still looking for the shooter, and a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his capture and arrest.

Matt Morgan commented on the incident by posting the following on Twitter:

"Mike Morgan was a highly decorated cop, who was in (the) anti-gang division and Monday was to start SVU. Still can't believe he got killed. Too young with HUGE career in front of him still.

News said he'd gotten out of over 600 'guns drawn situations over his career in anti-gang without having to draw his own. That's insanely impressive."

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