Officer Charles W. Morris

Officer Charles W. Morris

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, California

End of Watch Saturday, September 23, 1972

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Charles W. Morris

Officer Morris was shot and killed with his own service weapon while struggling with two men he surprised behind a drug store. Both, 23 and 29, were apprehended later the same night. They were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.

On December 7, 1972, the 29-year-old was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. The other man was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 years to life.

Officer Morris had served with the agency for 3 years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 84

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Morris,
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 Sunnyvale. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 23, 2022

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