Patrolman Matthew Charles Murphy

Patrolman Matthew Charles Murphy

Alice Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 1, 1974

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Matthew Charles Murphy

Patrolman Matthew Murphy was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle at West Main Street and U.S. Highway 281.

Another officer found Patrolman Murphy suffering from four .22 caliber gunshot wounds several minutes after he marked out on the traffic stop. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The case remained unsolved for 43 years until an inmate serving a life sentence in Alabama was charged with Patrolman Murphy's murder in October 2017.

Patrolman Murphy had served with the Alice Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 415

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder in 2017

traffic stop

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My favorite uncle! My mother, his sister, finally has peace as with the rest of his family that his murder was finally solved. His EOW was the same day as his grandmother's birthday. He was raised by her and I have no doubt she took him home to heaven with her. Rest in peace Uncle Matt. Your brothers & sisters in blue will take it from here.

Julia Murphy-Callahan

October 13, 2020

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