Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Chief of Police Amos Morris | Mannington Police Department, West Virginia Mannington Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police

Amos Morris

Mannington Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, February 28, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Chief Amos Morris was shot and killed while transporting two suspects to the Fairmont Jail. The couple that he had arrested included a runaway female and a male wanted for writing bad checks. He was transporting the two to Fairmont because Mannington did not have a jail. Additionally, Chief Morris only carried his handgun on Saturday nights since the crime rate was so low in Mannington.

During the transport the male suspect pulled a .32 caliber handgun from his pocket and ordered him to pull over. Chief Morris told the man not to do anything he would be sorry as the female suspect begged the suspect to put the gun down. The suspect then shot Chief Morris several times. The suspects fled the scene but the female suspect later fled from the male suspect and turned herself in. The male suspect fled to North Carolina where he committed suicide as police closed in on him.

Chief Morris had been in law enforcement for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 15 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

I never got to know my grandfather, It is said "you can't miss what you never had" but from all I know of him' I missed a lot. My dad always had a difficult time talking about his dad and I think he never got over the loss.

Jan Morris
February 28, 2017


Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
All 2017 Deaths