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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Officer Murphy,

I am glad justice is being done after all these years. As the anniversary of your passing is coming up I just wanted to say thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Tonya LaFarr
Private Citizen, Law Enforcement Supporter

November 26, 2023

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