A fiery crash took the life of on-duty police officer E.P. Morris in Raleigh on Thursday. Morris’ death comes during National Police Week which is dedicated to honoring the lives of fallen officers.
Patrolman Johnnie Keyes with the Raleigh Police Department said that Morris had gone home to retrieve his radio when he took a curve too fast, crashed into a tree and the vehicle caught on fire while he was inside.
The single-car crash happened on Highway 18, just five miles east of Smith County.
Keyes said Morris was a longtime law enforcement officer and he had been with the Raleigh Police for less than two years.
“He was a good officer, he was just like family,” Keyes said. He loved to crack jokes and tell stories about his family. He loved his family.”
Keyes said Morris also had a brother who is a police officer.