Deputy Sheriff Joseph Washington Morton

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Washington Morton

Walker County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, March 18, 1922

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Joseph Washington Morton

Deputy Sheriff Joe Morton was shot and killed after being confronted by two known moonshiners. The men had approached him and asked if he had a warrant for their arrest. When Deputy Morton responded that he did not, one of the men assaulted him.

A struggle ensued in which the suspect pulled a gun and fatally shot Deputy Morton three times. The man who shot him was convicted of murder an subsequently executed. The other man was sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Morton was survived by his wife and eight children.

Bio

  • Age 66
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed

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Deputy Sheriff Morton,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Walker County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

March 18, 2022

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