Patrolman Edward J. Murphy

Patrolman Edward J. Murphy

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 11, 1935

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Edward J. Murphy

Patrolman Edward Murphy was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a burglary in progress at the Atlas Building on Long and High Streets in Columbus.

During the exchange of gunfire, Patrolman Murphy was mortally wounded. His partner returned fire and shot the subject in the leg.

The suspect was captured and put to death in the electric chair.

Patrolman Murphy's partner, Patrolman John P. Sears, was killed when he fell from the same building while executing a search warrant the following year.

Patrolman Murphy had served with the Columbus Division of Police for 13 years. He was survived by his father and siblings.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed


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NEVER FORGET! Honoring the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Edward J. Murphy of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 11, 2024

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