Officer Mark Larson succumbed to injuries sustained on January 25th, 1993, when he was intentionally dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop.
Officer Larson had been flagged down by a female who informed that a man had attempted to force her into the woods. She pointed out the vehicle, which Officer Larson then stopped. While speaking to the driver, the man grabbed Officer Larson's arm as he accelerated from the scene. Officer Larson was able draw his weapon and shot the subject multiple times. The man then rammed Officer Larson into a guardrail, near the intersection of Edgewood Avenue & Avenue B, breaking both of his legs and nearly severing his arm before he was thrown into a ditch.
The subject continued to flee but crashed into a nearby tree where he died from the gunshot wounds.
Officer Larson was transported to a nearby hospital where his arm was amputated. He was forced to medically retire and his health continued to deteriorate. He succumbed to complications from the original injury on March 24th, 2014, and his death was subsequently ruled a homicide.
Willie Murphy had been with a man and woman smoking crack hours earlier. The man left Murphy’s car and the woman ran when Murphy accused her of stealing his drugs. She spotted Larson’s nearby patrol car at Edgewood Avenue West and Avenue B and lied about Murphy trying to kidnap her.
Larson stopped Murphy’s car as it drove by, but Murphy wouldn’t show his license and refused to get out. Larson opened the driver’s side door, grabbed Murphy’s shoulder and the car sped off. Larson jumped on the door runner and hung onto the open door with his left hand and the roof’s edge with his right. Murphy tried to sideswipe the door into oncoming traffic.
Larson freed one hand and fired four shots, hitting Murphy three times. Larson fell, skidded along the road and flipped into a drainage ditch after being dragged for nearly 100 yards.
Murphy, who crashed into a tree, died almost instantly. Larson came close.
He lost most of his blood during 27 hours of surgery to repair his nearly severed elbow, broken legs and broken hip. Officers and citizens gave blood as his family and friends kept vigil. Complications caused doctors to amputate his arm five days later. Larson would eventually wake from a medically induced coma to find his life changed forever.