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Deputy Sheriff George Edward McMurren | Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff

George Edward McMurren

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Sunday, June 24, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff George McMurren was shot and killed while attempting to locate a suspected poacher who was known to the deputy.

Deputy McMurren was standing on the top of a hill and shining his light towards the suspect's location. The suspect, a former sharpshooter for the Marine Corps, shot Deputy McMurren in the chest using the light from the flashlight as a point of reference.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy McMurren was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and had served with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office for only six months. He had previously served with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Police Department for 13-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, six children, and one grandchild.

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Another Law Enforcement Officer shot, in Phoenix. Things have gotten much worse and each life affected by these tragic events tears me piece by piece. I'm similar to a fabric that was nicely in tact that's been torn and cut in pieces to merely sew back together someone else placing them their way.... I believe, with every ounce of my own that things would have been so different had you not been taken so violently, tragically and carelessly. It can't be sorted in my mind why but I realize that and live with it. If only our communities would rise up against these violent acts against our Law Enforcement Officers' instead of turning their backs or glorifying it it some sick way. We'll see what's to come... "Deputy Sheriff George McMurren was shot and killed while attempting to locate a suspected poacher who was known to the deputy.

"If yellow roses grow in heaven, Lord, pick a bunch for me ~ Place them in my Dad's arms & tell him they're from me ~ Tell him that I love him, and miss him too, & when he turns & smiles ~ place a kiss upon his cheek & hold him for a while. ~ Because remembering him is easy ~ I do it everyday ~ There's an ache within my heart that will ...never go away." <3

Jan McMurren
Daughter
May 19, 2016

 

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