ELIZABETH, NJ – An Edison man was arrested in Tennessee in connection with the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Michael Eargle that took place earlier this year in Elizabeth, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Elizabeth Police Chief John Brennan jointly announced Thursday.
Eargle was an employee of the Elizabeth Housing Authority, and he grew up in the Mravlag Manor public housing complex. He played football for Elizabeth High School and attended Purdue University on a scholarship, graduating in 2012.
Quazir Reddick, 20, of Edison is charged with murder and weapons offenses in connection with Eargle's death, police said.
The arrest was announced in the late afternoon Thursday during a Gun Violence Awareness Rally near where Eargle was gunned down.
The announcement was greeted by applause from the crowd. Eargle’s mother.Sharon Smith.was among the crowd.
“I was happy and a little relieved that the killer is about to face justice,” she said.
The shooting took place at approximately 4:30 p.m., April 11, when Elizabeth Police responded to a report of shots being fired on the 1800 block of Lafayette Street.
There, they found Eargle suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later, police said.
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.
Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of 30 years to life in state prison.