By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2022
In a story initially reported by the Heritage Foundation, a Johnson City, Tennessee man who was stalking his ex-girlfriend had a very bad evening.
Wayne Alvin Morris Sr. was hiding out at his ex-girlfriend’s residence waiting for her to return. When she returned home in the company of her new boyfriend, and her dog, the dog sensed someone and ran to the side yard. When the woman’s boyfriend went to investigate, Morris attacked him!
The woman heard multiple gunshots and started to run towards the garage, but then fled back to her car and locked herself in. Morris emerged from the side yard with a pistol in hand and started beating the car with it. Luckily for her, Morris’ gun had a malfunction and was jammed. When the Johnson City police arrived, they found Morris had been shot multiple times and was being detained by the woman’s boyfriend. When police positively identified Morris, it was discovered that he had active warrants for Stalking, Kidnapping, and “Violation of Protection Order” filed by the woman in this incident.
Morris has been arrested five times prior to the December 20, 2021, incident where he was shot. Apparently, Morris has a hard time with comprehension. In each of the five arrests starting September 11th, at least one of the charges was “Violation of Order of Protection.” With each arrest, Morris’ bail was increased, and in this incident, bond was initially set at $100,000. Fortunately, Washington County, TN Judge Don Arnold had enough and revoked Morris’ bond this time stating:
“The court is of the opinion that the state has proved its case by a preponderance of the evidence” and “The defendants bond is to be revoked and he is to be held without bond at this particular time.”
But wait! There’s more. A lot more. In a January 2 piece in the Johnson City Press, investigators discovered chilling evidence in Morris’ car. While conducting a vehicle inventory they found: multiple sex toys, three handguns, zip ties, leg chains, handcuffs, two tasers with extra cartridges, duct tape, suitcases, three empty boxes that used to contain vehicle trackers (apparently, Morris was tracking his ex as two of the charges were electronic tracking of a vehicle,) and $101,000 in two bank bags. It’s believed that Morris was planning to flee the area that night.
I don’t need to tell Gunpowder readers that this could have turned out very bad for the couple had not one of them been armed. I have seen this too many times in my career and don’t want to see it anymore. Law Enforcement will advise you to get a Domestic Violence Injunction/Protective Order, but always remember folks, that just a piece of paper.
That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at [email protected].