Arrest made in Elizabeth homicide

An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal shooting that took place earlier this year in Elizabeth, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Elizabeth Police Chief John Brennan jointly announced Thursday.

Quazir Reddick, 20, of Edison is charged with murder and weapons offenses in connection with the death of 28-year-old Michael Eargle.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responding to a report of shots being fired on the 1800 block of Lafayette Street found Eargle suffering from gunshot wounds at that location. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.

A joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit resulted in Reddick being identified as a suspect in the case.

Following a three-week, multi-state search involving the Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Elizabeth Police Department, and Edison Police Department, Reddick was arrested without incident by the Memphis Police Department in Tennessee earlier this week. Reddick currently remains in custody there pending extradition back to New Jersey.

Anyone with information about this matter still is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Rudolfo Correia at 908-418-5800.

“On behalf of the entire Homicide Task Force, I’d like to thank members of the public for their cooperation and support during the course of this investigation,” Task Force Director Michael Henn said. “We pride ourselves on doing everything possible to ensure that perpetrators of violent crimes are brought to justice, but the fact of the matter is that in many cases, we can’t do it alone – we need citizens’ help.”

Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of 30 years to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.