Policeman George Murphy

Policeman George Murphy

Martins Ferry Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, September 4, 1893

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George Murphy

Policeman George Murphy was shot and killed at the Cook and Whitby Circus by a circus employee.

The subject was having a confrontation with a bystander when he drew a pistol and shot Policeman Murphy three times as the officer attempted to arrest him.

The man was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to nine years in prison December 7th, 1893.

Policeman Murphy was survived by his wife, six children, and parents.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Sentenced to 9 years


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Officer Murphy,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Martins Ferry.


United States Border Patrol

September 4, 2023

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