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Police Officer Travis Paul Murphy | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

Travis Paul Murphy

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years, 6 months

Badge # 8474

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Automatic

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Travis Murphy was shot and killed when he confronted a suspect who had fled the scene of a shots fired call earlier in the night.

Officers in a neighboring precinct responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived, the perpetrator had fled, but they transmitted a description of the suspect's vehicle over their department radio. Several minutes later, dispatchers received reports that a man was seen attempting to hide a vehicle under a tarp at a vacant home. Officer Murphy, along with several officers, responded to the scene and started searching for the man on foot.

Officer Murphy encountered the suspect and was shot 10 times in the legs and lower abdomen. Other officers immediately placed him in a patrol car and took him to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

The suspect was taken into custody after being found hiding in a nearby shed. On November 18, 2015, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Murphy had served with the Phoenix Police Department for four and a half years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, 2-week-old son, mother, step-father, and step-brother.

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To family and friends of Officer Travis Murphy,

Yesterday I had the privilege of cycling in the Heros Ride out of Conroe, TX. I had the honor of riding with the wrist band of Officer Travis Murphy.

I understand the pain probably never goes away, but I want you all to know that I was riding 75 miles for him and everyone of you. Please know that his memory is alive and we appreciate all he and his fellow officers do for us everyday.

There were moments during the ride which were a bit less than safe, with a lack of shoulders and cars/ trucks speeding by in close quarters. I couldn't help thinking Officer Travis Murphy was perhaps still safely guiding and caring for his fellow citizens, and maybe especially me as I often gazed down at his name on my wristband.

I will forever keep his wristband and my ride number (2222) as a reminder to never forget. Please stay strong.

thank you!


Craig Silber
October 15, 2017


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