Officer Marlon Francisco Morales

Officer Marlon Francisco Morales

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 13, 2001

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Marlon Francisco Morales

Officer Marlon Morales succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier when he confronted a fare evader leaving the U Street-Cardoza Metro station in Washington, DC.

During the confrontation, the suspect suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Morales in the face. Officer Morales never had a chance to draw his weapon. The suspect then stole Officer Morales' service weapon and two spare magazines of ammunition and fled the scene. Officer Morales was transported to a local hospital here he remained in critical condition for three days before succumbing to his wound.

The suspect was arrested in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania several days after the incident when he was stopped by officers for a traffic violation. After a brief struggle with officers, he was subdued and found to have Officer Morales' service weapon and the magazines.

On May 24, 2004, the suspect was convicted on seven counts, including murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on July 30, 2004.

Officer Morales was a United States Army Gulf War veteran and had been employed with the Metro Transit Police Department for 6 months. He is survived by his wife, infant daughter, and two young sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 432
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 10, 2001
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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On September 18, 2017... Josh, Paige, and Charlotte welcomed the newest addition to the family! A handsome little man... named after 2 great father's... Marlon Francisco Eugene Morales... Josh wanted to honor his father... and Paige wanted to also honor the wonderful man that helped raise her into the amazing young lady she is... They couldn't be better parents (and big sister!)

Charlotte loves to give him kisses... and the she wants me to give him a kiss... then it's her turn again... She is learning her body parts and now has a little guy to show his eyes, nose, and just learned where hers and Marlito's chin is!! She loves to read... and will even read to her baby brother...

Oh, how I wish you could be here to enjoy our grandbabies...

Your beautiful daughter turned 16 on us this year... she's so busy and independent... Between School, Cheer, and Dance... Please keep an eye out on her... I'm very proud of how she handles herself... She definitely keeps me on my toes!

Jeramy is grown! How can he be 27 already!? He took on a huge role at work this year... He handles himself so well... So proud of each of our kids... You would be too...

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September 28, 2017

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