Patrolman Martin S. Murrin

Patrolman Martin S. Murrin

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, September 12, 1984

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 fled on foot with Patrolman Murrin in pursuit. The suspect was able to gain control of Patrolman Murrin's gun and shot him five times.

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 10 years and had received 13 commendations and letters of appreciation. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 215

Incident Details

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

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I became Marty's neighbor a few years before his tragic and senseless murder. I'll never forget when his young children Erin and Norman brought me cookies the day I moved in. The Murrin family was very kind and generous, losing Marty at the age of 32 a terrible memory that will never go away.

God bless Marty and his family.

Joliet neighbor

October 24, 2017

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