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Deputy Sheriff Gary Dean Murphy | Lake County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Lake County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff

Gary Dean Murphy

Lake County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 15, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 99

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not guilty by reason of insanity

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Deputy Sheriff Gary Murphy was shot and killed after responding to a report of a woman firing a handgun outside of her home.

The woman was upset that children were playing on a nearby school playground and fired her gun. As Deputy Murphy and another deputy attempted to disarm the woman they were both shot and Deputy Murphy was fatally wounded.

In June of 1977 the suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed at the Elgin Mental Health Center. She was released in April of 1979.

Deputy Murphy had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department for eight years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Thank you so much for honorably serving in our military and law enforcement. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian
June 15, 2016

 

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