Maurice Murphy
Indianapolis Police Department
Thursday, March 4, 1920

Age: 38
Served: 12 years, 11 months
Badge #:
Panel 37W, Line 8
Panel L32, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, March 4, 1920
05:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
536 West 12th Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Killed by police
Burial Place:
Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Sergeant Maurice Murphy was shot and killed while he and other officers attempted to arrest a wanted suspect.

   In the afternoon, two detectives had located the man in an alley, exchanged gunfire with him and called for assistance.

   When Sergeant Murphy and three other officers responded, they were under fire when confronted by the suspect in a rear yard.

   The man fired twice, striking Sergeant Murphy in the abdomen and left hand. He was transported to City Hospital where he died about an hour later.

   The 30-year-old suspect, who was wanted on charges of burglary and grand larceny, was shot and killed by another officer.

   Sergeant Murphy was survived by his wife and 7-year-old daughter.

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