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Officer Marlon Francisco Morales | Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police Department, District of Columbia Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police Department, District of Columbia

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Marlon Francisco Morales

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 432

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/10/2001

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Marlon Morales succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier when he confronted a fare evader leaving the U Street-Cardoza Metro station in Washington, DC.

During the confrontation, the suspect suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Morales in the face. Officer Morales never had a chance to draw his weapon. The suspect then stole Officer Morales' service weapon and two spare magazines of ammunition and fled the scene. Officer Morales was transported to a local hospital here he remained in critical condition for three days before succumbing to his wound.

The suspect was arrested in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania several days after the incident when he was stopped by officers for a traffic violation. After a brief struggle with officers, he was subdued and found to have Officer Morales' service weapon and the magazines.

On May 24, 2004, the suspect was convicted on seven counts, including murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on July 30, 2004.

Officer Morales was a United States Army Gulf War veteran and had been employed with the Metro Transit Police Department for 6 months. He is survived by his wife, infant daughter, and two young sons.

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Today we missed you at Charlotte's 1st Birthday party! You would be so proud of what a great Daddy your son is to our sweet sweet girl! We catch her Loking off in the distance...and hope to find comfort that maybe you get to take a peek at how sweet she is...

It's so hard to comprehend 16 years have passed since you left for work... never to return home to us... so many special events missed... but know that you are never far from our thoughts... it's hard to explain to someone how the happy days... have a bit of sadness, missing you... knowing how much you loved our kids... little Charlotte would have you wrapped around her little fiinger... just like the rest of us!

Never forgotten, always remembered...

Jen
Surviving Spouse
June 10, 2017

 

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