Sergeant William F. Morris

Sergeant William F. Morris

Miami County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, November 22, 1972

William F. Morris

Sergeant William Morris was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Sergeant Morris responded a call of two teenage young men, one armed with a rifle, trying to steal a car. Sergeant Morris, driving an unmarked car, found the boys and ordered them at gunpoint to get on the ground. The 15 year old took off running while the 16 year old raised an M1 Carbine above his head, claiming it was unloaded, then lowered the rifle and fired on Sergeant Morris who used his cruiser to shield himself. Sergeant Morris and the suspect circled the cruiser, each firing until Morris was hit and knocked into a ditch. The 16 year old shooter then jumped into the cruiser and drove a short distance before backing up and firing two more rounds into Sergeant Morris as he lay in the ditch. He then drove a short distance and hid in a barn where he later committed suicide with the same weapon he used to kill Sergeant Morris after being surrounded by other officers.

Sergeant Morris had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, and grandchild and is buried at Miami Memorial Park.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant William F. Morris of the Miami County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 22, 2017

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