Keeper Morris Broderson

Keeper Morris Broderson

Bronx County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Thursday, July 19, 1928

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Morris Broderson

Keeper Broderson and Keeper Daniel Horgan were shot and killed by a prisoner attempting to escape the Bronx County Jail. Keeper Broderson had entered the cell block where the suspect was being held to open cells. Unknown to Keeper Broderson the suspect had been smuggled two guns by two men and a woman. They attached the guns to long poles and from an adjoining rooftop passed the guns through a small hole in the window to the suspect's cell. When Keeper Broderson opened the suspect's cell the suspect approached him complaining that he did not feel well. When Keeper Broderson moved closer the suspect pulled a concealed .38-caliber handgun and fired twice. Keeper Broderson attempted to hold the suspect but was unable to. The suspect took Keeper Broderson's keys and made his way towards the exit to the cell block.

The suspect exited the cell block with Keeper Broderson's keys and made his way down the stairs where he came to another locked door that the stolen keys could not open. Keeper Horgan stood on the other side of the locked exit and ordered the suspect to surrender. The suspect fired two times at the door lock, but the shots had no affect. The suspect then fired two more times, this time at Keeper Horgan. Keeper Horgan was killed instantly. The suspect attempted to reach through the door for Keeper Horgan's keys but was unable to reach them.

The suspect went back the way he had come and attempted to escape out a fourth floor window, but it was sealed with bars. Having no where else to go and about to be captured the suspect drew a second gun, a .22-caliber and killed himself.

Keeper Broderson had been with the agency for seven months and was survived by his wife and daughter.

The Bronx County Sheriff's Department was merged into the New York City Sheriff's Department in 1942.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Thank you for your dedicated service to the people of Bronx County. Your sacrifice to protect others will never be forgotten. My sympathies to his daughter Florence Broderson and his grandson Mr. Mike Gould.

Sheriff Joseph Fucito
New York City Sheriff's Office

July 20, 2016

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