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SJPD Fallen Officers

Sgt. Morris Van Dyck Hubbard

Sgt. Morris Van Dyck Hubbard

1895 - 1924

Killed in the Line of Duty July 12, 1924

We Honor the Sacrifice He Made

On July 12, 1924, at approximately 1820 hours, a citizen reported a man forcibly taking a female from a residence on East Julian Street. Sergeant Hubbard, a seven year veteran and Officer Murphy, both plain clothes detectives, responded to East Julian Street.

Sergeant Hubbard and Officer Murphy located the suspect and the victim at Julian and 15th Streets.   Sergeant Hubbard drew his gun and ordered the suspect to surrender. The suspect turned and fired a single shot. Neither detective was struck. Sergeant Hubbard, Officer Murphy and Suspect Mays were then involved in a shootout.  As a result of the shootout, Sergeant Hubbard was struck in the abdomen by Suspect Mays. The suspect was struck in the wrist and chest and died as a result of his injuries.

Sergeant Hubbard was transported to San Jose Hospital. Prior to surgery Sgt. Hubbard was conscience, however, later died in surgery. 

Sergeant Hubbard was the first San Jose Police Officer killed in the line of duty.

We would like to remember Sergeant Morris VanDyck Hubbard with a moment of silence.

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