Public’s assistance sought in identifying suspect in Elizabeth homicide

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Investigators are seeking assistance from the public in order to identify a suspect in a homicide that took place in Elizabeth last month, acting Union County

Suspect 2Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

The Prosecutor’s Office today is releasing a video clip depicting the suspect, pulled from surveillance footage recorded at a nearby convenience store shortly after the homicide took place.

The suspect is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Elizabeth resident Michael Eargle. Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responding to a report of shots being fired on the 1800 block of Lafayette Street found Eargle at that location shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, and he was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.

The shooting remains under active joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit. The person depicted in the video was wearing a distinctive piece of clothing: a vintage, Starter brand University of North Carolina hockey jersey.

Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Rudolfo Correia at 908-418-5800. The Union County Crime Stoppers also are continuing to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at