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 40-year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on April 12, 1905. He was denied parole on September 18, 1935.

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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My great-grandfather, Edward J. Mealy, passed away while still working as a Lieutenant in Brookline in 1931 after 48 years of service. He was unfortunately involved in both incidents where a Brookline Police officer was killed in the line of duty. He was one of the first officers on scene in 1904 when Officer McMurray was killed, and was the Lieutenant in charge when Officer O'Brien was killed 37 years later. RIP to all who serve, especially Officer McMurray.

Lieutenant Kevin Mealy
Brookline Police Department

January 14, 2021

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