Patrolman Murphy was shot and killed while investigating the sound of gunfire near 19th Street and Baird Street. He was off-duty and in the area when he heard the shots and went to investigate.
When he arrived at the scene, he located a shooting victim and was told that the shooter, the victim's neighbor, had just entered his house. When Patrolman Murphy went to the suspect's door and identified himself, the man shot him, fatally wounding him.
The suspect was apprehended, but had his case dismissed on the technicality that Patrolman Murphy had no right to enter his home.
Patrolman Murphy was with the department for six (6) years.