Police Agent Richard Frank Morris

Police Agent Richard Frank Morris

Pasadena Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, March 13, 1969

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Richard Frank Morris

Agent Richard Morris was shot and killed when he and three other undercover agents went to the home of a man to question him about the assault of another police officer.

When the four agents knocked on the door at 280 Ventura Street in Altadena, they identified themselves as members of a motorcycle gang. The man's brother came to the door with a .38 caliber handgun and ordered the officers to leave. As three of the officers left, Agent Morris began to struggle with the suspect and was shot twice.

The man was arrested but acquitted at trial on grounds of self-defense.

Agent Morris had served with the Pasadena Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 353

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

investigation, plainclothes

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My 84 year old father was just telling me the story of his close friend Dick who grew up with him since middle school. He described him as a good looking outstanding kid. He was telling me he drove by a sign in Pasadena with Dicks name on it this week and his childhood memories came flooding back to him. He talked about how he played Football and was very involved in all that Rosemead High had to offer him. My father described him as shining brighter than the others and he was proud to call him a friend. He talked about his friend becoming an officer with the Pasadena Police Department and of his tragic passing. We are very touched by this memorial to his dear friend.

Stacy and Martin Morhar
Childhood Friend

June 12, 2023

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