Deputy Sheriff George Edward McMurren

Deputy Sheriff George Edward McMurren

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, June 24, 1973

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George Edward McMurren

Deputy Sheriff George McMurren was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who were rustling cattle near Bagdad.

Deputy McMurren was standing on the top of a hill and shining his light toward the suspects' location. One of the men, a former sharpshooter for the Marine Corps, shot Deputy McMurren in the chest using the light from the flashlight as a point of reference.

The subject, 28, was apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy McMurren was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and had served with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office for only six months. He had previously served with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Police Department for 13-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, six children, and one grandchild.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

livestock enforcement

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Deputy Sheriff McMurren,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served as a U.S. Army Paratrooper during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Airborne All The Way!

United States Border Patrol

June 24, 2023

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