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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Deputy Chief Murphy,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 1, 2020

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