Officer William Murphy

Officer William Murphy

Mobile Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, October 18, 1929

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William Murphy

Officer William Murphy was shot and killed at approximately 0200 hours after stopping a speeding vehicle on Broad Street near Conti Street. The vehicle was later found in Picayune, Mississippi, and turned out to be stolen. Three weeks later a tip led to the arrest of the 23-year-old gunman.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was granted a new trial and again sentenced to death. He was granted a third trial and this time was sentenced to life on April 6, 1931. He was paroled on February 8, 1946.

Officer Murphy was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1946

traffic stop

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Officer Murphy,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mobile.


United States Border Patrol

October 18, 2019

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