Deputy Sheriff Michael William Morrow

Deputy Sheriff Michael William Morrow

Pine County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, August 24, 1991

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Michael William Morrow

Deputy Sheriff Michael Morrow was beaten to death while conducting a traffic stop.

The subject was able to gain control of Deputy Morrow's flashlight after attacking him, and then beat him with it. The man was arrested a few hours after the murder.

He was convicted of second degree homicide and subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released in 2008 with intensive supervision. He has been arrested numerous times since his release. On August 17, 2016, he was arrested in Isanti County after a high speed chase that topped 100 mph. He was also charged with assaulting three officers and a police dog.

Deputy Morrow had served with the agency for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 425

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Flashlight
  • Offender Released in 2008

traffic stop

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Amazing, it seems like I have come across it again and again, the ludicrous claims of a broken and unjust system towards the offenders yet time and time again I come across incidents like this. A convicted cop killer, who brutally beats a LEO in the course of his duties, is not only released after serving only 17 years but then is arrested and released over and over again. Is it coincidental that at least one of those arrests involved assaulting multiple officers?? I'm sorry to bring negativity into what should be a salute to this brave and courageous officer as well as an acknowledgment for a truly amazing website, but I feel like sometimes things like this just need to be said. Deputy Morrow, know that your assailant may seem to continuously "run through the rain without getting significantly wet" and escape the true justice he deserves, but he will surely face the highest justice of all a some point in the near future. Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 24, 2020

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