Let us pause to remember our fallen hero, Police Officer First Class Adrian A. Morris, lost this day in 2012.
Police Officer First Class Morris was born on April 11, 1989, in Kingston, Jamaica. He was raised in Laurel and became a U.S. citizen in 2009. He entered the police academy on January 19, 2010, after serving for five years as a Prince George’s County Police Explorer. He graduated on September 20, 2010, was briefly assigned to District I, and then transferred to Squad 29 in District VI.
On August 20, 2012, patrol officers were dispatched to a gas station at 6600 Sandy Spring Road in Laurel for an attempted theft from an automobile. Two suspects unsuccessfully tried to open the doors of a customer’s car before fleeing from the gas station. As officers were on the scene interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence, a gas station employee noticed the suspect vehicle returning to the gas station. The on-scene police officers were alerted, and POFC Morris returned to his police car and drove after the suspect vehicle. While following the suspect vehicle on I-95, he swerved to avoid striking a civilian vehicle. His patrol car left the roadway and struck a guardrail. POFC Morris suffered critical injuries and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Police Officer First Class Morris served the Prince George’s County Police Department for 2 1/2 years and was the 27th member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 52nd law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George’s County.
At the time of his death, Police Officer First Class Adrian A. Morris was 23 years old and survived by his mother and eight-year-old brother.