Game Warden John David Murphree

Game Warden John David Murphree

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 8, 1963

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John David Murphree

Game Warden John Murphree was shot and killed by a 16-year-old boy who was illegally hunting ducks in Jasper County.

Warden Murphree came upon a group of boys hunting in a flooded field five miles south of Mauriceville. One of the boys shot him as he approached them. Warden Murphree suffered shotgun wounds to his abdomen and the back of his head.

The boy who shot him was arrested and charged with murder. The other boys were charged with game violations.

Warden Murphree was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

juvenile offender, poacher

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My Dad, WD Lawler, always felt guilty for encouraging JD to pursue the game warden position. He was a fine man and my Dad thought his law enforcement abilities were not being fully utilized in his previous position so encouraged him to try for the better position.

Martha Lawler Dunham

November 24, 2018

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