Bio & Incident Details
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Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)
Incident Date: 2/26/1974
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Charged with attempted murder
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.