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 Sheriff 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 approximately 7:40 am.

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 served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for three years and previously served 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

sex offense

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I used to work at the Fire Dept. and the Gateway Inn restaurant in Drain. I was also a close friend of his partner at the time. Morris would come in to both quite often. He was such a kind good man who would light up the room with his laughter and infectious smile. I remember having long conversations with him about all sorts of things, aliens, God, just the world in general at the office and fire dept. He would bring kids from around the community that did not have a good home life into the restaurant and feed them out of his own pocket. He truly cared about his family, friends and community and is soo greatly missed and thought of often.

Donette M.

May 12, 2021

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