Off-Duty Officer Shoots, Kills Man At New Jersey Bar: Prosecutors

An off-duty police officer shot and killed a man after some sort of dispute at a bar in New Jersey early Friday, prosecutors said.

A Newark officer shot and killed 37-year-old Michael Gaffney at Paddy's Place on Rosemont Avenue in Union at about 1 a.m., according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutors said that the officer and Gaffney were both at the bar when they got into a fight. 

A witness said that the officer's pregnant wife tried to pull the two men apart, and that Gaffney sucker-punched the off-duty cop after the altercation. Both men then went to the ground, and the officer pulled out his gun and fired three times. 

Gaffney was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer, who hasn't been identified, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Mark Pasuco, one of Gaffney's friends, said the 37-year-old had a teenage daughter who had just made the honor roll.

"This poor girl lost her father," Pasuco said.

No one at the bar was able to comment on the shooting Friday. 

The Newark Police Department has declined to comment on the shooting. No charges have been filed in the case.  

The Union County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the shooting, and no arrests have been made in the case.

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