P.O. William B. Murphy #867

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Name: Murphy, William B.
Star: 867
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Stanton Avenue Station
End of Watch: 25 April 1950
Incident Details: Police Officer William Murphy, 52, was a 25-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Stanton Avenue Station. On April 25, 1950, Officer Murphy was walking past a convenience store when he sensed something was amiss. The officer entered the store and saw four armed men committing a robbery. The bandits immediately opened fire on the officer; striking him eight times. However, Officer Murphy was able to wound one of the suspects, Emil Washington. Officer Murphy en route to a local hospital. Emil Washington was arrested when he sought treatment at a local hospital. Two of the men were executed, one died while in prison, and the fourth committed suicide. Officer Murphy’s funeral mass was held at St. Martin’s Church and he was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He is survived by his children, William, Rita, Lona, Thomas, and Robert.