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Dec. 26, 1874
Columbus Police Dept.
Chief of Police
Homicide - Gun
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Sat. Dec. 26, 1874
Chief Matthew Murphy was shot and killed as he and several Columbus police officers attempted to arrest two brothers on Crawford Street for using obscene language. As the officers talked with the two, one of the men suddenly pulled a gun but was disarmed by one of the officers. The gun was handed to Chief Murphy but the man suddenly pulled a second gun from his coat. Chief Murphy and the man both fired at the same time and Chief Murphy was struck in the chest.
The chief's shot missed the suspect. The other officers fired at the fleeing suspects, striking the shooter in the back. The two were arrested and the wounded suspect died a short time later. The remaining suspect was later hanged for his involvement in the incident.
At the time of the incident the Columbus Police Department did not have an acting chief. Chief Murphy was a marshal for the Muscogee County Marshal's Office, which was responsible for overseeing the operations of the police department, and was assigned as the City Marshal for Columbus.