Name : Murtha, Edward 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 2477 Command: 147 Pct.
Date of Death: 1914-02-06   Cause of Death: Shot-Robbery-Investigation
 Patrolman Murtha died of a gunshot wound he received while investigating a suspicious person in front of 37 Fourth Street in Brooklyn. Patrolman Murtha had heard rumors earlier in the night that there may be trouble on his post. At Approximately 2020 hours he observed a suspicious male standing in front if 37 Fourth Street and he stopped to question the man.

When Patrolman Murtha asked the suspect what he was doing, the suspect mumbled an inaudible response. Patrolman Murtha than asked the suspect if he had a gun. Before he could move, the suspect drew a revolver from his right pocket, placed it against Patrolman Murtha's chest and fired twice.

The suspect then fled. One citizen who witnessed the shooting gave chase, shouting "Get him, he shot a cop." With that, several citizens gave chase and the suspect fled on foot for several blocks, running past fireman from the New York City Fire Department. The Fireman gave chase, but was shot and wounded by the suspect.

The suspect was finally captured by a Patrolman and taken into custody after a fierce struggle in which the Patrolman was injured.

Patrolman Murtha was removed to Holy Family Hospital, where he died the next day from his wounds.

Patrolman Murtha had been a member of the New York City Police Department for seven years. He was assigned to the 147 Precinct, the present day 76th Precinct.
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Comments from Friends    
Rest in peace brother.

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 18, 2006, 11:04 am

According to a news clipping dated May 4, 1914 ..."patrolman of the Butler street station, Brooklyn, shot and killed Feb. 6, 1914 in a gun fight following his attempt to arrest an Italian."
— Pat
Posted: November 22, 2007, 6:05 pm

Ptl Murtha, you passed following up info of an armed person, you confronted the man and paid with your life so the civilians would be safe. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Edward we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: February 6, 2014, 4:36 am

Giuseppi Marendi was convicted of the murder of Ptl Murtha and executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison on February 4th 1916
— jim
Posted: February 6, 2014, 2:57 pm

Edward we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: February 1, 2015, 11:23 am

Ptl. Murtha was my Grandmothers brother. They were a family of 9 children from the Murtha family from Westmeath Ireland. My Grandfather, Father and Uncles were all cops. My dad was Charles Payne and his Father In law was Charles Seifried. Charles Seifried was Ptl. Murtha's Brother in Law. The Payne, Murtha and Seifried families were all from Bay Ridge Brooklyn. I am the last of my family in Brooklyn. Rest in Peace brother Murtha you are not forgotten.
— William S. Payne
Posted: April 14, 2015, 1:50 am



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