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Deputy Sheriff Robert Murphy | Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Robert Murphy

Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, August 17, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: West Virginia

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Charged with murder

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Deputy Murphy was shot and killed in Logan County, West Virginia, after delivering a prisoner to the Logan County sheriff. The prisoner had been arrested in Buchanan County, Virginia, and was extradited back to West Virginia.

Deputy Murphy, the sheriff, and a third man were traveling on a railroad velocipede between Logan and Holden when a man fired a single shot from an ambush point along the tracks. The shot struck Deputy Murphy, killing him.

The suspect fled into the woods but was arrested later that night by a posse. Ironically, the posse was led by the suspect's father, who did not realize his son was the suspect. Investigation determined that the suspect intended to ambush a different group of men whom he had quarreled with earlier in the evening and that he opened fire on the lawmen in a case of mistaken identity. The suspect was charged with Deputy Murphy's murder.

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