Detective John C. Murphy

Detective John C. Murphy

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, September 18, 1927

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John C. Murphy

Detective John C. Murphy, 33, gave his life on September 18, 1927. Murphy, who had just made the rank of detective just two months prior to his death, was responding to a burglary alarm at the Oliver Hotel. Murphy and other officers entered the darkened hotel lobby and took up various positions to prevent the robbers' escape. As the search began, Officer Schomig, near the staircase, heard two shots ring out, and immediately returned fire at the top of the stairs. A voice cried out, and the exchange of gunfire ceased. The first shots were fired by the hotel owner, who mistook Detective Murphy as one of the robbers.

Detective Murphy left a wife and infant son. He was described as one of the cleanest, squarest, and most courageous men on the force.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 117

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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Just as an update, your grandson Robert retired as Chief of Police for the Will County Forest Preserve Police and Greatgrandson Mark is a Patrol Officer for the Joliet Police Department.

Sgt. Robert Mau (retired)
Joliet IL Police Dept.

July 26, 2018

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