Sergeant Morris J. Albany, Jr.

Sergeant Morris J. Albany, Jr.

Upland Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, October 13, 1976

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Morris J. Albany, Jr.

Sergeant Morris Albany was shot and killed in a tavern at the intersection of 15th Street and Shaw Terrace when he attempted to take action during a robbery while he was off duty. The 24-year-old suspect shot him but Sergeant Morris managed to return fire hitting the suspect five times. One shot severed his spinal cord causing him to be paralyzed from the waist down. The suspect's 23-year-old accomplice was attacked by patrons and held until police arrived.

Both suspects were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. A few years later the accomplice was transferred to Fairview Mental Hospital.

Sergeant Albany was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Upland Borough Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, robbery

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I was working that night as a patrolman for Brookhaven Borough which is adjacent to Upland, Pa. When the call went out that an officer was shot in Upland everyone working in the area responded to Crozer Hospital. There were so many Officers there when I arrived it was hard to walk around without bumping someone. We all knew Sgt. Albany and had worked with him for several years backing each other up since both boroughs were so small and usually only had 1 Officer on duty on the Midnight to 8am shift. We were all shocked to learn he did not make it. It was a pleasure working with him for all that time. RIP brother!

Retired Detective Francis M. Bruno
Lakeland Florida Police Department, 9/12/1977 to 06/05/1995

October 9, 2021

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