Officer Michael Murphy

Photo of Officer Michael Murphy
End of Watch: Tue, Nov 5th, 1907
Date of Incident: Tue, Nov 5th, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: Not Known


Officer Murphy was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who was causing a disturbance at a polling place near High Street and Broadway on Election Day.

The man, who was running for councilman, was screaming about election fraud as Officer Murphy attempted to arrest him. Another officer came to assist Officer Murphy, and at the same time the man's son came to his father's aid. It is unclear as to exactly what happened next, but a gunfight resulted as all four drew their pistols. Officer Murphy and the son were killed. The father and the other officer were severely wounded.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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