Police Officer Gerald A. Morrison

Police Officer Gerald A. Morrison

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, March 11, 1974

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Gerald A. Morrison

Police Officer Gerald Morrison was attacked and then shot while he and his partner checked on a suspicious person at the Blue Flame Lounge at 17199 Dequindre Street.

The bar was known for gambling, drugs, and serving after hours. The officers thought they saw a man who had been wanted in a previous robbery enter the establishment and followed. Officer Morrison was in plain clothes, and as he walked into the bar, he was struck from behind with a chair. When he was knocked to the ground, Officer Morrison was shot by the bar owner, who said he mistook the officers for robbers. Officer Morrison was then struck with the chair several more times. The bar owner was shot and killed by Officer Morrison's partner.

The suspect that the officers had initially sought escaped in the confusion.

Officer Morrison, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had served with the Detroit Police Department for nearly two and a half years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and parents.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge 2207
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

alcohol violation, plainclothes

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Officer Morrison,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 11, 2024

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