Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Constable Robert Murphy died eight days after being stabbed while attempting to serve a warrant on a subject for assaulting a female neighbor.
When he first spoke to the man, who was living on the property of his son-in-law in Union County, the subject refused to accompany him and instead said he would appear the next morning. He left the cabin but later returned to take the subject into custody.
Constable Murphy was met on the doorstep by the man who had pulled a butcher knife which he had hidden between logs in the wall. The suspect thrust the knife into the left side of Constable Murphy, who died from the wound he suffered eight days later.
The 84-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. On May 27, 1825, Governor James B. Ray arrived by horseback from Indianapolis to grant him a pardon as the offender stood on the gallows.
Constable Murphy, from Bath Township and the recently appointed township constable, was survived by his five brothers, three sisters, parents and paternal grandparents.
• Constable Murphy is the first known law enforcement line of duty death in Indiana.