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Sheriff John C. Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky


John C. "Johnnie" Morris

Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Sunday, September 23, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Sheriff Morris was shot and killed as he and his deputy attempted to arrest three men for creating a disturbance. When the sheriff attempted to take the men into custody one of them started walking away. The sheriff called out to halt and fired a warning shot. One of the suspects then started shooting at the two lawmen, fatally wounding the sheriff.

The suspects were taken into custody and charged with Sheriff Morris' murder. All three were convicted of murder. The shooter was sentenced to life. Another was sentenced to 21 years and the third to two years in prison.

Sheriff Morris had served as sheriff for only 9 months. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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You are not forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Keith Morris
2nd Cousin
February 28, 2013


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