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Correctional Officer Wayne Thomas Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee

Correctional Officer

Wayne Thomas "Cotton" Morgan

Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 28 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Wayne Morgan was shot and killed outside of the Roane County Courthouse.

Officer Morgan and his partner were loading prisoners into a transport van after a court appearance, when the wife of one of the inmates drove up and opened fire with a shotgun, striking Officer Morgan in the abdomen. Officer Morgan's partner returned fire as the escaping prisoner climbed inside his wife's vehicle.

The woman and her inmate husband, who had served two years of a 35 year sentence for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, fled the scene in the vehicle but switched cars a short distance away. The were apprehended the next day in Ohio.

Officer Morgan was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

On September 18, 2007, the woman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Her husband was convicted of Officer Morgan's murder and received the same sentence March 9, 2009.

Officer Morgan was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Tennessee Department of Correction for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter. He is also survived by a brother, niece, and nephew, all of whom work for the Tennessee Department of Correction.

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I can't believe that it has been almost 10 years since Cotton left us. He was brave and strong. He served his community with pride and professionalism. He stood in the face of danger on a daily basis so others could be safe. Cotton made a difference not only when he had the Correctional Officer’s uniform on but when he was singing in the Church Choir and when he was doing the jail house ministry and when he volunteered at the nursing home but Cotton made the biggest difference each and every time he wore that smile on his face and talked about his GOD.

Cotton is missed and will never be forgotten.

Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called bhe children of God.

E.O.W. 8/9/2005

Bruce & Toni Potter, Friend & co-worker
Tennessee Department of Correction/Brushy Mtn. Prison
July 16, 2015


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