Officer Murphy was a uniform police officer in Dick Tracy'scity. He had short dark hair.
Officer Murphy was selected to escort the Summer Sisters to a safe house after they escaped from the Brow. While taking a taxi from the police station, they were intercepted by the Brow. The Brow killed the driver and then rammed the taxi with his car, knocking it off a bridge into a lagoon.
Murphy managed to escape the sinking car, but the Summer Sisters drowned despite his efforts to get help. Tracy recovered the car and the victims.
Several police officers called "Murphy" have appeared in the strip. A light-haired Murphy was shot and apparently killed during the Flattop storyline, and other Murphys appeared in the stories of Pear-Shape, Dewdrop, and Haf-and-Haf. They are not necessarily meant to be the same man.
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