ELIZABETH — The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the shooting of an Elizabeth man who was killed last night outside a food truck he operated in the city, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
Around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Richard “Keith” Cashwell, 41, was killed outside a business he operated at First and Court street, near the city’s waterfront. Based on the preliminary investigation Cashwell was approached by an unknown suspect who opened fire on the truck. After Cashwell managed to exit the vehicle he was shot several times, said Romankow.
While the shooting was occurring, two on-duty Elizabeth Police Officers happened upon the scene. They gave chase to the suspect, who was still holding the gun, and one of the officers fired several rounds from his service weapon at the armed suspect.
The suspect was able to elude the officers and remains at large. The Prosecutor’s Shooting Response Team is investigating, as is mandated whenever an officer discharges a weapon while on duty. The officers were not injured and a review of their actions will be performed in the coming days, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for Cashwell’s death. Anonymous tips can be submitted to 1-908- 645-TIPS or www.uctip.org