Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

Deputy Sheriff Morris L. Taylor

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 2002

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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Thinking about Morris and reflecting as its well deserving as we enter the anniversary of being called to His eternal home and some of the fun things he did. I wanted to post a memory that a few could smile about. Our church home in Oregon had a guest musician Phil Keaggy. Morris got Pastor Phil's blessing on playing a joke on Phil Keaggy. So Morris showed up after work in his full Deputys uniform and went up to Phil and attempted to handcuff Phil. As he was cuffing him he said .......I heard you have enough evidence to convict you as a Christian. Phil eyes were getting bigger and bigger. You had to be there. It was a blast. He also used to hang out at Drain Fire station where he loved all those guys and gals. What great memories. His precious Dad Lyndell is also in Heaven now enjoying his son. We can't wait til the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless you all . Love you guys. Take care. Til next time. Margaret

Widow of Morris

September 13, 2018

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