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Police Officer Jerry Wayne Morris | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Police Officer

Jerry Wayne Morris

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Saturday, December 4, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Three suspects apprehended

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Officer Jerry Morris was shot and killed while off duty after being attacked by three men.

Officer Morris, his partner, and another man were driving on South Capitol Street SE, in front of Bolling Air Force Base. Another car passed them at a high rate of speed and then cut them off. The car Officer Morris was in passed that car and then the car passed them again. The occupants of the car began shooting at them.

Officer Morris' vehicle pulled to the side of the road to let the vehicle pass, but it instead pulled over as well and the occupants continued firing. The two officers identified themselves and Officer Morris' partner returned fire. In the exchange, Officer Morris was fatally wounded. As the other vehicle sped away, it struck Officer Morris and dragged him down the street. Three suspects were apprehended in connection with his murder.

Officer Morris had been with the agency for two years and was assigned to the 5th District.

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It has been almost 45 years since we lost Jerry. He was a great cousin to me and others. Everything is still so fresh in my memory.

I have not forgotten you cuz and will see you again somewhere down the road. You, your brothers, sister, mom and dad have the fishing poles ready. Oh... tell your dad to tell uncle David & uncle Benny they still owe your father and me some PB&Js. They'll know what I'm talking about.

Bob Paxton
July 13, 2016


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