Paterson man charged with murder in incident reported as a suicide | Paterson Times

Paterson man charged with murder in incident reported as a suicide


23-year-old Mickel Morgan has been charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses in a case that was initially reported as a suicide at an East 31st Street home in September, according to police.

Morgan is charged with murder, possession of a handgun for unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun, said police director Jerry Speziale on Friday afternoon. He is accused of murdering a 22-year-old man in an apartment located at 100 block of East 31st Street, according to police.

Police responded to the home on Sept. 18, 2016 at 9:20 p.m. on report of a suicide. Officers found a 22-year-old with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Paramedics from St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center responded to the scene and the victim was pronounced dead.

City detectives Jack DeSalvo, Steve Leishman, and Michael Cossari responded to the scene with the Medical Examiner’s Office to further investigate the incident. The detectives with Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office detective Sabrina McCoy charged Morgan, who also lives on East 31st Street, with murder.

Police did not provide additional information about the incident. Morgan was arrested for having a handgun in February by police in Wyckoff. He was arrested again with a machine gun on September 19th, 2016, according to authorities in Bergen County.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact detectives at 973-321-1120.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    he looks so high in his mug shot

  • GG

    I see most of your cover murders in the city of Paterson. What is the most current murder rate for the city of Paterson? And In a city that is bankrupt, how does this impact the police force assigned to keep us safe? What measures are being taken to enhance the City's security?