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Chief of Police E. M. New Rockford Police Department, North Dakota

Chief of Police

E. M. "Ned" Morris

New Rockford Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch: Monday, May 31, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/17/1924

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Chief of Police Ned Morris succumbed to wound sustained on November 17th, 1924, when he interrupted three men breaking into a confectionery shop at the corner of Central Avenue and 1st Street West.

Before he could draw his weapon he was attacked by one of the men and struck repeatedly with a pick-handle. He was then shot in the back by one of the subjects. Despite his wounds, he was able to drag himself to a nearby cafe and called for assistance.

Despite ill health as a result of the wounds, he eventually returned to duty and was promoted from Night Marshal to Chief of Police. He succumbed to the wounds approximately 18 months later on May 31st, 1926.

Chief Morris was survived by his wife, three sons, three daughters, and five siblings.

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Chief Morris,
On today, the 91st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New Rockford.


United States Border Patrol
May 31, 2017


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