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Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia
End of Watch: Thursday, August 17, 1905 Share this Memorial Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Location: West Virginia
Date of Incident: August 17, 1905
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Charged with murder
Deputy Murphy was shot and killed in Logan County, West Virginia, after delivering a prisoner to the Logan County sheriff. The prisoner had been arrested in Buchanan County, Virginia, and was extradited back to West Virginia.
Deputy Murphy, the sheriff, and a third man were traveling on a railroad velocipede between Logan and Holden when a man fired a single shot from an ambush point along the tracks. The shot struck Deputy Murphy, killing him.
The suspect fled into the woods but was arrested later that night by a posse. Ironically, the posse was led by the suspect's father, who did not realize his son was the suspect. Investigation determined that the suspect intended to ambush a different group of men whom he had quarreled with earlier in the evening and that he opened fire on the lawmen in a case of mistaken identity. The suspect was charged with Deputy Murphy's murder.
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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Robert Murphy
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 105th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Rest In Peace
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
August 17, 2010
It is very heart warming to see Robert's story on this memorial page. Seeing his story in print helps to make Robert a person rather than a name on a roster, or a census record.
Many thanks to Chris for his hard work and persistance at gathering information and putting together such an honorable website.
The descendents of Robert and of all the other fallen officers thank you for your work.
Stacey Murphy Wilner
Great, great granddaughter of Robert
September 29, 2007
Deputy Sheriff Murphy,
It has taken over 101 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Buckingham County.
February 5, 2007
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