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Patrolman Kenneth Joseph Moraska | Norway Police Department, Michigan Norway Police Department, Michigan

Patrolman

Kenneth Joseph Moraska

Norway Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, May 23, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Kenneth Moraska was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance.

When Patrolman Moraska arrived at the scene of the domestic dispute he reportedly found the front door locked and in an attempt to enter the building approached the rear door. As he approached the rear door of the house he was shot in the head with a hunting rifle.

The suspect had been previously arrested by Patrolman Moraska for disorderly conduct. After shooting Patrolman Moraska, the suspect stole Patrolman Moraska's gun and lead other officers on a 6-hour chase before being apprehended.

On December 1, 1971, the suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Patrolman Moraska was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Norway Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and child.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
May 23, 2015

 

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