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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

Incident Date: 5/26/2010

Weapon: Rifle; Automatic

Suspect: Apprehended

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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.

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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Travis,

It was great to know and work with you. You are a hero and deeply missed. I always talk to about the time we all played basketball together at the church after our shift. Good times. Rest in peace brother we got the watch now.

Officer Robert Kadlec
Phoenix Police Department
December 28, 2013

 

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