Linden homicide under investigation

The fatal shooting of Darrell Q. McCoy, 38, of Linden is under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Monday.

Shortly after 12:45 p.m. today, members of the Linden Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Essex Avenue and found McCoy at that location, having sustained serious injury, according to the preliminary investigation.

McCoy was transported to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 1:30 p.m.

This investigation is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Linden Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sonia Rodriguez at 908-341-3380 or Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271; tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at