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Chief Deputy Nathan Ralph Murphy | Oregon County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Oregon County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Chief Deputy

Nathan Ralph Murphy

Oregon County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, February 19, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 406

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Injured in accident

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Chief Deputy Nathan Murphy was killed when his cruiser was struck head-on by a vehicle being pursued by other officers.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper had attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation when the suspect driver failed to yield. The trooper requested assistance from the Oregon County Sheriff's Department and Chief Deputy Murphy answered the call.

After leading the officers down several gravel roads, the suspect rammed head on into Chief Deputy Murphy's cruiser.

Chief Deputy Murphy was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately two hours later. The suspect was also injured in the collision.

The Oregon County Sheriff's Department has a total of five officers. Chief Deputy Murphy had been employed with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department for eight years after serving as chief in another agency.

Chief Deputy Murphy is survived by his wife and family.

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
February 19, 2010


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