Sheriff J. Mart Murphy

Sheriff J. Mart Murphy

Robertson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, July 23, 1931

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J. Mart Murphy

Sheriff Mart Murphy was shot and killed by a suspect he was attempting to arrest for bootlegging in Springfield, Tennessee.

When he and a local constable knocked on the door the suspect opened it and shot Sheriff Murphy in the stomach with a shotgun. He succumbed to his wounds two days later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He was paroled May 15, 1950.

Sheriff Murphy had served with the Robertson County Sheriff's Office for five years. He was survived by his wife, child, and brother.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, July 21, 1931
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1950

alcohol violation

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Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 23, 2020

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