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Chief of Police Matthew W. Murphy | Columbus Police Department, Georgia Columbus Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police

Matthew W. Murphy

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, December 26, 1874

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chief Matthew Murphy was shot and killed as he and several Columbus police officers attempted to arrest two brothers on Crawford Street for using obscene language. As the officers talked with the two, one of the men suddenly pulled a gun but was disarmed by one of the officers. The gun was handed to Chief Murphy but the man suddenly pulled a second gun from his coat. Chief Murphy and the man both fired at the same time and Chief Murphy was struck in the chest.

The chief's shot missed the suspect. The other officers fired at the fleeing suspects, striking the shooter in the back. The two were arrested and the wounded suspect died a short time later. The remaining suspect was later hanged for his involvement in the incident.

At the time of the incident the Columbus Police Department did not have an acting chief. Chief Murphy was a marshal for the Muscogee County Marshal's Office, which was responsible for overseeing the operations of the police department, and was assigned as the City Marshal for Columbus.

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Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio
December 26, 2013


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