Deputy Sheriff Watt Franklin Morgan

Deputy Sheriff Watt Franklin Morgan

Currituck County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, October 12, 1963

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Watt Franklin Morgan

Deputy Sheriff Watt Morgan was shot and killed with his own service weapon by a 17-year-old subject.

He was writing the boy a ticket after the boy crashed into his patrol car. As he did so, the boy attacked him, gained control of his service weapon, and shot him once in the head.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison on March 5th, 1964. He was paroled on May 2nd, 1990.

Deputy Morgan had served with the Currituck County Sheriff's Office for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1990

juvenile offender, vehicle crash

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Deputy Sheriff Morgan,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Currituck County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 12, 2023

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