Sergeant Roger L. Motley

Sergeant Roger L. Motley

Opelika Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, October 4, 1993

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Roger L. Motley

Sergeant Motley was shot and killed after being notified that a child in the parking lot needed help while he was picking up supplies at a local store. Sergeant Motley located an adult male and the child in a car in the parking lot. As he approached the vehicle the man pulled out a firearm and exchanged gunfire with Sergeant Motley. Both men were wounded in the exchange.

Sergeant Motley took cover in his patrol car and put out an emergency broadcast as his car rolled through the parking lot. The man's female companion, who was on a pay phone at the time of the initial shooting, approached Sergeant Motley's patrol car and shot him several more times. Sergeant Motley was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Both suspects were convicted and sentenced to death. The female suspect was executed on May 10, 2002, and the male suspect was executed on August 4, 2005.

Sergeant Motley had served with the agency for 18 years. He survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Both executed

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Roger, it has been 25 years today since that terrible day. You were and always will be a true American hero.

So much has changed since then my brother. One thing that has not is your selfless act of bravery to help a child in distress.

God bless you. I think of the times we hung out with the rest of the guys and it was always fun.

You are safe in Jesus arms. We have the watch.

You are

Gordon H. Hurley FBI Special Agent (Retd
FBI - Opelika (1987-1991)

October 4, 2018

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