Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 2002

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Morris L. Taylor

Deputy Morris Taylor was shot and killed after responding to a report involving a man performing lewd acts at a motel on Bear Creek Road in Curtin, Oregon at 0740 hours.

After making initial contact with the suspect, Deputy Taylor returned to his patrol car to await assistance. When another deputy arrived, they both approached the motel room where the suspect was located. The suspect opened fire on them with a rifle, fatally wounding Deputy Taylor. Deputy Taylor was wearing his vest at the time but was shot in the head. Deputies returned the gunfire and killed the suspect.

Deputy Taylor had been employed with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for three years, and had been in law enforcement an additional 11 years with two other agencies. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 108

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Missing Mo, and love reading new messages from family and all who loved him. Mo and I were Law enforcement colleagues but we shared our faith in Christ first. He invited me to a bible study, and a valuable connection began.

Mo was a man of God, one who loved his family and served his community with distinction. Those who knew him saw Mo, "the comedian" emerge regularly. Thankfully I knew him. We will have a wondeful reunion one day.

Shawn Essex, Chief of Police, Ret.
Reedsport Police Department

January 17, 2020

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