Patrolman Richard Morton, Jr.

Patrolman Richard Morton, Jr.

East Moline Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, May 24, 1969

Richard Morton, Jr.

Patrolman Richard Morton was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a report of a man threatening children with a BB gun on 10th Avenue.

When the officers arrived they attempted to have the man surrender the BB gun but the man suddenly produced a .32-caliber revolver from his pocket and opened fire. Patrolman Morton was struck in the chest during the exchange of gunfire but was able to return fire, along with his partner, and killed the suspect. Patrolman Morton was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound during surgery several hours later.

Patrolman Morton had served with the East Moline Police Department for four years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Morton's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 11-14-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

November 14, 2016

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