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Hero Down: Colton PD Officer Lorenzo Morgan Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself

Oro Grande, CA – Colton Police Department (CPD) Officer Lorenzo Morgan died on Oct. 27 after accidentally shooting himself, according to police.

The 29-year-old off-duty officer called 911 at approximately 2:46 p.m. and told the dispatcher he accidentally discharged his firearm and shot himself below his waist, The Sun reported.

Officer Morgan was parked on the side of National Trails Highway when he made the call.

“Deputies and medical personnel arrived on scene and located Morgan inside his vehicle with a gunshot wound to his lower extremity,” the San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) confirmed, according to KTLA.

He was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds, The Sun reported.

No one else was injured during the incident.

No further details were immediately released.

The CPD confirmed the young officer’s death in a Facebook post later that day.

“The Colton Police Department suffered a tragic loss today 10/27/2022, with the passing of Officer Lorenzo Morgan,” the CPD said. “Officer L. Morgan was a beloved father, friend, colleague, and a caring officer who loved working for the Colton Community.”

Officer Morgan’s law enforcement career began in April of 2019, when he entered the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy.

He graduated from the academy in September of that year, and wrapped up his CPD filed training this past May.

Officer Morgan is survived by his parents, his fiancé, his son, and his soon-to-be-born son, according to his department.

A fundraising campaign established to help his family in the wake of their loss has raised more than $6,300 so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Colton Police Department Officer Lorenzo Morgan, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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