Lieutenant Edward T. Murphy


Name: Murphy, Edward T.
Star: 183
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Lieutenant
District / Unit: Detective Bureau
End of Watch: 09 February 1928
Incident Details: Lieutenant Edward Murphy, 45, was assigned to the Detective Bureau. On February 9, 1928, Lieutenant Murphy and his partner, Officer Eugene J. Keegan, 42, responded to a bulletin seeking Ross Elliot, a murderer. On the morning of February 9, Ross Elliott went to the Omaha Packing plant at 2320 South Halsted Street and shot two employees, James Ellis, 41, and Charles Miller, 63. Elliot had been fired in October after being involved in a fight with Ellis. After the shooting, Elliott fled to an apartment near State Street and 35th Street. When Lt. Keegan and Officer Murphy arrived to the apartment building they were met by three other officers. The three assisting officers covered the entrances and Officer Keegan and his partner knocked on the door. Elliott’s brother opened the door and said that his brother was not at home, but he rolled his eyes signaling the officers toward a closed door. Officer Murphy thrust open the door and Elliott immediately opened fire. During the exchange of gunfire, both Elliot brothers were killed. Tragically, Officer Keegan and Lieutanent Murphy also died.

Lieutenant Murphy’s funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Peace Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.