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Patrolman Martin S. Murrin | Joliet Police Department, Illinois Joliet Police Department, Illinois


Martin S. Murrin

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 12, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 215

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Patrolman Martin Murrin was shot and killed with his own service weapon while attempting to arrest a known gang member who had an active warrant for aggravated assault.

Patrolman Murrin and his partner spotted the subject while patrolling the "Hill" area. After a brief car chase, the suspect fled on foot with Patrolman Murrin in pursuit. The suspect was able to gain control of Patrolman Murrin's gun and shot him five times.

The suspect was later captured in Mexico, extradited to Illinois, and sentenced to death. In 1996, he received a retrial based on a technicality, was found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to time served.

Patrolman Murrin had served with the Joliet Police Department for 10 years and had received 13 commendations and letters of appreciation. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

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One of the great honors of my life was to broadcast a special memorial for Marty on the day before his funeral. I was the Executive Manager of 1560 WJRC a news station in Joliet. We took it very hard, losing a great cop and husband and father like Marty in Joliet. I decided that doing a special on his life and legacy was the right thing to do. We ended the show with the song I felt his dear wife would want to play for him, Wind Beneath My Wings - by Bette Midler. When I got off the air, there was not a dry eye in the house...including mine.
To Marty's wife and family, please know for men who die faithful, like Marty, there is no safer place than in God's memory.

Peace and Strength!

Former Morning Host
CNN Joliet NewsTalK Radio, 1560 AM

April 28, 2017


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