Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber
Offender: Shot and killed
Patrolman Richard Morton was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a report of a man threatening children with a BB gun on 10th Avenue.
When the officers arrived they attempted to have the man surrender the BB gun but the man suddenly produced a .32-caliber revolver from his pocket and opened fire. Patrolman Morton was struck in the chest during the exchange of gunfire but was able to return fire, along with his partner, and killed the suspect. Patrolman Morton was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound during surgery several hours later.
Patrolman Morton had served with the East Moline Police Department for four years.