Funeral Held for Maryland Officer

<p>Morris, a two and a half year veteran of the force, spent time at the 6th District in Prince George&#39;s County since he was &quot;15 or 16 years old.&quot; (WJLA/Prince George&#39;s County Police Department photo)</p>

MITCHELVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Police Officer Adrian A. Morris, a two and a half year veteran of the force who was killed while pursuing a suspect in Prince George's County.

Family, friends and fellow officers gathered Monday for a public viewing to honor the fallen officer. 

A funeral service will be held at Woodstream Chruch, located at 9800 Lottsford Road in Mitchelville, at 9 a.m. The service will follow after an hour long viewing.

Morris was killed in the line of duty Monday, Aug. 20, during a pursuit.

Police say Morris and his partner were chasing Kevon Darnell Neal, 23, and Kenneth Mitchell, 24, when their patrol car ran off southbound I-95 and into a ditch.

Neal of Fort Washington was the alleged driver of the stolen car. Mitchell of the District was allegedly the passenger. Both are in police custody.

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Neal had his bond raised from $75, 000 to no bond, according to the Prince George's State's Attorney.

Morris, who officials say was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car. His partner, Mike Risher, suffered multiple but non-life threatening injuries.

Morris, a two and a half year veteran of the force, spent time at the 6th District in Prince George's County since he was "15 or 16 years old." The 2007 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School participated in the department's Police Explorer Program.

Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said the officers followed protocol during the incident and that he's "very proud" of their work.

"It shows the courage and dedication of these officers," Magaw said.

Morris, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, was raised in Laurel, becoming a U.S. citizen in 2009.

After becoming a police officer, Morris continued to work with the Police Explorer Program as an advisor and mentor, the department says.

"Police Officer Morris represented the very best that our agency has to offer," said Magaw. "He wanted to be a Prince George's County police officer from a very young age, and it showed in all of his interactions with the community."



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