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Detective John C. Murphy | Joliet Police Department, Illinois Joliet Police Department, Illinois


John C. Murphy

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, September 18, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 117

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Not available

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Detective John C. Murphy, 33, gave his life on September 18, 1927. Murphy, who had just made the rank of detective just two months prior to his death, was responding to a burglary alarm at the Oliver Hotel. Murphy and other officers entered the darkened hotel lobby and took up various positions to prevent the robbers' escape. As the search began, Officer Schomig, near the staircase, heard two shots ring out, and immediately returned fire at the top of the stairs. A voice cried out, and the exchange of gunfire ceased. The first shots were fired by the hotel owner, who mistook Detective Murphy as one of the robbers.

Detective Murphy left a wife and infant son. He was described as one of the cleanest, squarest, and most courageous men on the force.

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Detective Murphy's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-10-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
February 10, 2017


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