Police Officer William R. Morris

Police Officer William R. Morris

Americus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, March 12, 1907

William R. Morris

Police Officer William Morris succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on March 10th, 1907, while attempting to serve an arrest warrant for a minor offense of disorderly conduct.

He and another were attempting to locate the subject at his home. As Officer Morris entered the darkened home he lit a match. Just as he did so, the subject fired two shots from his bed, striking Officer Morris in the abdomen and throat.

The man fled to a nearby home on Davenport Street where he was surrounded by other officers several hours later. The man was shot and killed when he opened fire on two of the officers who approached the home to arrest him, wounding one of them.

Officer Morris was taken to Americus Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds on March 12th, 1907.

Officer Morris had served with the Americus Police Department for six years and had previously served as a guard on the Sumter County Convict Gang. He was survived by his wife, five sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 10, 1907
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

warrant service

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 110th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

February 8, 2017

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