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Sergeant William F. Morris | Miami County Sheriff's Department, Ohio Miami County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

Sergeant

William F. Morris

Miami County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 22, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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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.

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Bill, old friend and colleague, rest well as others carry on in that long line as we did so many years ago.

Larry Huffman
Ex-Miami County S.O.
February 21, 2015

 

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