Task Force Investigating Elizabeth Shooting Death

The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the shooting death of an Elizabeth man who was killed last night outside a food truck he operated in the city, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Around 11 p.m. on Thursday Richard “Keith” Cashwell DOB: 7/20/1970 was killed outside a business he operated at First Street and Court Street, near the city’s waterfront. Based on the preliminary investigation Cashwell was approached by an unknown suspect who opened fire on the truck. After Cashwell managed to exit the vehicle he was shot several times, said Romankow.

While the shooting was occurring, two on-duty Elizabeth Police Officers happened upon the scene. They gave chase to the suspect, who was still holding the gun, and one of the officers discharged several rounds from his service weapon at the armed suspect.

However the suspect managed to elude the officers and remains at large. The Prosecutor’s Shooting Response Team is investigation, as is mandated whenever an officer discharges a weapon while on duty. The officers were not injured and a review of their actions will be performed in the coming days.

The Homicide Task Force continues to investigate the death of Richard Cashwell. Union County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for Richard Cashwell’s death. Anonymous tips can be submitted to (908) 645-TIPS or

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.