Patrolman Murphy was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a burglary in progress in an apartment building. During the exchange of gunfire Patrolman Murphy was mortally wounded. The suspect was captured and put to death in the electric chair. Patrolman Murphy's parter was killed in the line of duty the following year when he fell from the same building Patrolman Murphy was killed in during a search a warrant. Patrolman Murphy had been with the agency for 13 years.