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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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I am the son of a retired JPD officer who served with Officer Murrin. I recall being told about the killing on the day it happened, and my fathers involvement in the investigation.
It was the first time I recall understanding that some day my father may not come home from work. I remember waiting up for him to get home from his 3-11 shifts just to make sure he was alright.
To the family, friends and brothers of Officer Murrin I say thank you for your sacrifice and may all LEO's everywhere be safe today!

T. A. Horvath
March 4, 2015


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