Patrolman Joseph McMurray

Patrolman Joseph McMurray

Brookline Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 17, 1904

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Joseph McMurray

Patrolman Joseph McMurray was shot and killed after responding to a house where an intoxicated man had just shot and killed his wife. When Patrolman McMurray arrived the doors and windows were boarded up. Patrolman McMurray broke a panel from the front door and attempted to enter the house, but was shot and killed by the suspect before he could. Other officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

Patrolman McMurray had rescued the suspect from drowning three years earlier. The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on April 12, 1905.

Patrolman McMurray had served with the agency for 11 years.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Brother, it's now been 115 years. How ironic that you saved the man who murdered you. No good deed goes unpunished. But you did save him, you are a hero. You made a valiant attempt to enter the house, you are a hero. You served the people of Brookline for 11 years, you are a hero.

God Bless you, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

October 17, 2019

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