Officer Jessie James Morgan

Officer Jessie James Morgan

Hughes Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 31, 1968

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Jessie James Morgan

Officer Morgan was shot and killed when he responded to a robbery in progress call. The four suspects were exiting the store when he arrived at the scene. The suspects opened fire, striking Officer Morgan in the back several times, killing him.

All four suspects, a father and son, 40 and 17, and two others, 18 and 24, were convicted of Officer Morgan's murder and sentenced to death. The sentences of all four were commuted to life in 1970. The 17-year-old was considered for parole in 1984 and was released at some point between 1984 and July 16, 1990, a date he was arrested in Alexandria, Louisiana, for possession of marijuana with intent to sell. His father died at his home a year later. So he was also released at some point before his death.


  • Age 69
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentences commuted to life

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Officer Morgan,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hughes. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 31, 2018

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