- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 5, 2004

Metro Transit Police officer Marlon Morales was just doing his job while patrolling the U Street/Cardozo station on June 10, 2001, when his life was brutally cut short by a hoodlum named Walter Johnson. Johnson, released from the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa., less than a month earlier after serving time for bank robbery, jumped a turnstile at the U Street Metro station. Officer Morales attempted to stop him, so Johnson shot him in the face.

Officer Morales died three days later, leaving behind a wife and three children. He became the second Metro Transit Police officer to die in the line of duty since the department was created in 1976.

On July 30, following a seven-week trial, Johnson was sentenced to life without parole in D.C. Superior Court for the murder of Officer Morales. The Morales case reminds us of the risks that the 357 members of Metro’s police force take each day, as they stand on the front lines in the war on terrorism and the fight against crime.

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