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Chief of Police Samuel John Murphy | Weeksbury Police Department, Kentucky Weeksbury Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police

Samuel John Murphy

Weeksbury Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, January 11, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Chief Samuel Murphy was shot and killed by the brother of a man he had arrested earlier in the day for being drunk in public.

The arrestee's brother kicked in the door of the city jail and shot Chief Murphy in the chest with a rifle, killing him. The man turned himself in the following the day. He was convicted of Chief Murphy's murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Chief Murphy had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two step-daughters.

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He was a hero. I am researching my tree and found out that Chief Murphy is my 2nd cousin. Want to find out all I can. R.I.P. Cousin

Heather Walker
Distant cousin
December 21, 2015

 

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