Trooper Ernest J. Morse

Trooper Ernest J. Morse

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch Friday, February 13, 1953

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Ernest J. Morse

Trooper Ernest Morse was shot and killed after stopping a stolen vehicle on the Merritt Parkway in Trumbull.

As Trooper Morse approached the car the driver shot him in the abdomen. He was found by a passerby who used his radio to call for assistance. He was taken to Bridgeport City Hospital where he died one hour later.

The subject who shot Trooper Morse was convicted of murder, sentenced to death, and was subsequently executed on July 18th, 1955.

Trooper Morse was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Connecticut State Police for six years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1955

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Trooper Morse’s Widow Mrs. Ann Morse was my neighbor and a kindergarten teacher at the elementary school I attended in Cheshire CT. The day before I entered the CT Police Academy in April 1981, Mrs. Morse walked through her yard to ours. Mrs. Morse knew I was starting the academy, the next day and talked to me at length about the night her husband was killed. About the State Police Captain and Chaplain showing up at her home, along with several of Trooper Morse’s brother troopers. It left a huge everlasting impression on me. She then gave me a gift, a coffee cup “World’s Greatest Policeman”, which I still have to this day. The next morning as I walked into the police academy the first thing I saw was Trooper Morse’s photograph and biography on the CT State Police Memorial wall it really hit home. I still read article pertaining to that tragic night, Trooper Morse you are gone, but will never be forgotten

Detective Bill Glass (Ret)
Cheshire, CT

June 4, 2020

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