Patrolman Martin S. Murrin

Patrolman Martin S. Murrin

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, September 12, 1984

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Martin S. Murrin

Patrolman Martin Murrin was shot and killed with his own service weapon while attempting to arrest a known gang member who had an active warrant for aggravated assault.

Patrolman Murrin and his partner spotted the subject while patrolling the "Hill" area. After a brief car chase, the suspect stopped at Woodruff Road and Draper Avenue and fled on foot. The suspect gained control of Patrolman Murrin's gun and shot him five times after a short foot pursuit.

The suspect was later captured in Mexico, extradited to Illinois, and sentenced to death. In 1996, he received a retrial based on a technicality, was found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to time served.

Patrolman Murrin had served with the Joliet Police Department for 14 years and had received 13 commendations and letters of appreciation. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter. His father was a retired Lansing Police Captain, and his brother also served the Lansing Police Department.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 215

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

arrest attempt, foot pursuit, gang member

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Patrolman Murrin's story is very sad and extremely unfortunate. He showed true bravery in his last moments and he made an amazing sacrifice.

Criminal Justice student

October 26, 2023

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