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

Officer Gerald Morrison was attacked and then shot while as 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 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 been with the agency for nearly two and a half years. He was survived by his wife, three children and by his 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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In 1974 PO Gerald Morrison working the 80 Series in #11 saw a wanted suspect enter a bar and they went inside to get him, but unfortunately PO Morrison was killed inside the bar. It hit me particularly hard because he just got off of furlough and I was talking to him in the station. I can't describe the feeling when seeing his bloody clothes after they were brought back in a bag from the hospital.

PO Mark Smith
Detroit Police Dept.

July 4, 2020

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