Police Officer Brian J. Murray

Police Officer Brian J. Murray

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 11, 1976

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Brian J. Murray

Officer Brian Murray was killed when a terrorist bomb he was trying to deactivate exploded.

Terrorists attempting to win Croatian independence, planted a bomb in a locker at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. The terrorists then hijacked a TWA flight. While en route to Europe, the terrorists transmitted their demands. The terrorists threatened to blow up the airplane with bombs, and to strengthen the impression that they had real bombs on the airplane, they told officials where they could find a bomb at Grand Central Station.

Officers from the Bomb Squad were sent to investigate, and they removed a bomb from a locker at the station. They then removed the bomb to the department range at Rodman's Neck in the Bronx, where Officer Murray, along with three other officers, attempted to defuse the bomb by remote control. When they were unsuccessful in defusing the bomb by remote, they approached it. During their approached, the bomb exploded, killing Officer Murray and seriously injuring the other three officers.

The five Croatian terrorists were arrested when the airplane they hijacked landed in Paris, France. All five suspects were returned to the United States where they were charged by the United States Government with Air Piracy, and by New York State with murder.

All five suspects were convicted of air piracy, and in addition two were convicted of murder. The two suspects convicted of murder were sentenced to life in prison, but that sentence was reduced in 1980. One suspect was paroled in 1989. The second was paroled in 2008 and then deported.

Croatian terrorists were responsible for several bombings in the late 1970's and early 1980's that resulted in the injury of many civilians and police officers.

Officer Murray had been employed with the New York City Police Department for six years, and is survived by his wife and two children.

On October 1, 2014 Charles Street in lower Manhattan was renamed Police Officer Brain Murray Way in his honor.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 13639

Incident Details

  • Cause Terrorist attack
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Five apprehended

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God bless Brian Murray and his family. I just discovered this website when googling this incident that will forever remain in my memory. I was 16 years old at the time and I remember my dad getting called back to work that night. I slept on the couch because for some reason I sensed that my dad and his officers were involved in something very dangerous. My dad was with Brian when the bomb exploded, and he felt he owed his life to Brian’s courage and heroism during this horrific event. My dad was Fritz Otto Behr, Deputy Inspector, NYPD Scientific Research Division. My dad passed on December 16, 2016 of cancer and in my heart I know that he and Brian have been reunited in service and honor. Rest In Peace, Brian and Dad. Thank you both for your exemplary service.

Lorraine Behr-Formaz
Daughter of Deputy Inspector Fritz O. Behr

October 25, 2018

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