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1974 Murder of Alice Police
Officer Matthew Murphy


Officer Matthew Murphy

Officer Matthew Murphy


The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking the public’s help in solving the 1974 murder of Alice Police Department Officer Matthew Murphy, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop. As part of the Office of the Governor and Texas Crime Stopper’s Fallen Hero Reward – Texas Remembers program, a reward up to $20,000 is being offered for information that results in this case being solved. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

On December 1, 1974, Officer Murphy was shot after stopping a vehicle at West Main Street and U.S. Highway 281 in Alice, Texas. Several minutes after the initial stop, another officer found Murphy suffering from gunshot wounds. Murphy was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Witnesses described a two-door car leaving the area of the shooting, and it is believed the vehicle was occupied by more than one individual. Responding officers were unable to locate the vehicle after it left the scene.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, anyone with information about the murder of Officer Matthew Murphy can provide anonymous tips in three different ways: