Detective Frank J. Murphy, Jr.

Detective Frank J. Murphy, Jr.

Omaha Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Wednesday, July 23, 1919

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Frank J. Murphy, Jr.

Detective Frank Murphy succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one week earlier while attempting to question a man.

Detective Murphy and other detectives observed a man matching the description of a robbery suspect. The detectives called out to the man and as Detective Murphy stepped from his vehicle he was shot. One of the other detectives returned fire fatally wounding the suspect. Detective Murphy's wound became gangrenes and he died as a result.

Before Detective Murphy and the suspect died they met each other at the hospital where they discovered that they had been best friends during their childhood.

Detective Murphy was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 16, 1919
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 93rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. It was a very odd twist that you were best friends during childhood with your suspected shooter, and that you both realized this during the last days of your lives.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 24, 2010

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