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William Murphy

End of Tour: Friday, November 19, 1909Fallen Hero
Rank: Patrolman
Assignment: Not available
Age: 30
Incident Date: Friday, November 19, 1909
Incident Location: 19th Street and Baird Street
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Suspect Name: Not available
Weapon Involved: Gun; Unknown type
Case Status: Closed; Dismissed


Patrolman Murphy was shot and killed while investigating the sounds 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.

Louisville Division of Police