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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Still remembered after 118 years, typical Irish cop from what my mom told me, give everybody a chance once but don’t make that mistake again, treat people the way you want to be treated. You were taken too soon but still remembered today

Joseph O’Neil
, great great grandson

February 13, 2022

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