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Detective Rodney Scott Morgan | Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Detective

Rodney Scott Morgan

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 26, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Detective Rodney Morgan was shot and killed by a Houston police officer after being mistaken for an armed suspect.

Detective Morgan and his partner were working an undercover operation and had gone into a bar. Detective Morgan went to the bathroom and, after several minutes, did not return. When Detective Morgan's partner went into the bathroom to check on Detective Morgan he found two bikers assaulting the detective with a knife and were in the process of cutting his throat.

Detective Morgan's partner fired a shot in the air and then held the two suspects at gunpoint. Although injured, Detective Morgan was able to assist his partner in detaining the two suspects. Patrons in the bar called police and reported a shooting, not knowing that Detective Morgan was a law enforcement officer. A Houston police officer arrived at the scene and forced the bathroom door open, yelling "Police." Detective Morgan turned and also identified himself but the Houston officer, not hearing him, fired once and struck Detective Morgan in the chest. The two bikers were arrested and charged with attempted murder.

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DearScotty;
I loved you with all my heart. Your Parents and I were in contact for many years after the loss of you. You were the finest man I had ever known and although our plans never got to be realized and dreams never got to come true, you have remained in my thoughts all of these years,
Your Grave is within a few feet of my Granddaddy's Grave and the Watkins Family Plot at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston, where many of my relatives are now resting.
I'm sure that your Dear Mother,Sue, is now in Heaven with you. I know I will see both of you one day. I wish I had gotten to say "Goodbye"; but I know you knew the words I would have said.
With love always, Suzanne

Suzanne
January 9, 2016

 

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