Chief of Police Samuel John Murphy

Chief of Police Samuel John Murphy

Weeksbury Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, January 11, 1936

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Samuel John Murphy

Chief of Police Samuel Murphy was shot and killed by the brother of a man he had arrested earlier in the day for being drunk in public.

The arrestee's brother kicked in the door of the city jail and shot Chief Murphy in the chest with a rifle, killing him. The man turned himself in the following the day. He was convicted of Chief Murphy's murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Chief Murphy had served with the Weeksbury Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and several children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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He was a hero. I am researching my tree and found out that Chief Murphy is my 2nd cousin. Want to find out all I can. R.I.P. Cousin

Heather Walker
Distant cousin

December 21, 2015

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