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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Policeman George Murphy of the Martins Ferry Police Department, Ohio and the additional 65 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 4, 2021

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