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Rahway man arrested in weekend homicide

A Rahway resident was arrested last night in Newark after being charged with shooting and killing a man in Rahway on Saturday, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Rahway Police Director Jonathan Parham and Chief Law Enforcement Officer Lieutenant Shawn Ganley jointly announced today.

Brandan Melford, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes in connection with the shooting death of Jack Harris, 44, of Roselle.  

At approximately 12:39 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Rahway Police Officers responded to the 1400 block of Witherspoon Street on the report of gunshots, according to Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Desimone who is prosecuting the case. Upon their arrival they located Harris who had been shot and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene, Desimone added.

An investigation led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by the Rahway Police Department, the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit resulted in the identification of Melford as the murder suspect and led to his eventual capture and arrest.

“We are grateful for the collaboration from our partner law enforcement agencies who assisted our Office in locating and apprehending the suspect,” Prosecutor Daniel said. “And we hope that this arrest can bring some small measure of comfort to all those grieving Mr. Harris.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is still urged to contact Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Detective Patrick Bradley at 908-418-2187 Or Rahway Police Department Detective Sidra Colvin at 732-827-2200.

Convictions on crimes of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.

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