Chief Deputy Nathan Ralph Murphy

Chief Deputy Nathan Ralph Murphy

Oregon County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 2001

Nathan Ralph Murphy

Chief Deputy Nathan Murphy was killed when his cruiser was struck head-on by a vehicle being pursued by other officers.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper had attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation when the suspect driver failed to yield. The trooper requested assistance from the Oregon County Sheriff's Department and Chief Deputy Murphy answered the call.

After leading the officers down several gravel roads, the suspect rammed head on into Chief Deputy Murphy's cruiser.

Chief Deputy Murphy was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately two hours later. The suspect was also injured in the collision.

The Oregon County Sheriff's Department has a total of five officers. Chief Deputy Murphy had been employed with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department for eight years after serving as chief in another agency.

Chief Deputy Murphy is survived by his wife and family.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 406

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Injured in accident

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 19, 2010

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