Deputy Chief William E. Murphy

Deputy Chief William E. Murphy

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 1, 1910

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William E. Murphy

Deputy Chief William Murphy was shot and killed by a former officer who ambushed him as he ate dinner at a local restaurant. Deputy Chief Murphy, who was on duty as Night Chief, had just finished eating when the suspect entered and shot him. The suspect was apprehended but later acquitted due to a lack of witnesses.

Deputy Chief Murphy served for 21 years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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You are not forgotten today on this mournful anniversary, nor will you ever be. Thank you for your service to our community.

You shall live in the hearts of those who loved you, those who admired you, and those you helped in their times of need; thus you will never be forgotten.

Most respectfully Deputy Chief Murphy, although I never knew you, I dedicate this day to your memory.

D.O. Kaboutari
Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

April 1, 2015

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