Remembering...

John C. McMurrich

Sergeant

John C. McMurrich

Serving with the Hamilton Police

Sunday December 22, 1968

Age: 34 / 2 Children

A house occupied by known, active criminals was under observation by Acting Sergeant McMurrich and other officers. During the early hours of December 22, 1968, 15 to 20 persons left the residence and approached the officer in a threatening manner. The officer fired several warning shots but was overpowered, beaten and shot to death with his own gun.

Postscript

Five (5) persons were charged with murder; 4 were convicted of manslaughter: James Major - 14 years; Jon McClure - 14 years; Murray Feist - 8 years; Douglas Maracle - 7 years. One (1) convicted of assaulting a peace officer: John McEwan was sentenced to 6 months.


Remembering...

Sergeant

John C. McMurrich

John C. McMurrich


Serving with the Hamilton Police

Sunday December 22, 1968

Age: 34 / 2 Children

A house occupied by known, active criminals was under observation by Acting Sergeant McMurrich and other officers. During the early hours of December 22, 1968, 15 to 20 persons left the residence and approached the officer in a threatening manner. The officer fired several warning shots but was overpowered, beaten and shot to death with his own gun.

Postscript

Five (5) persons were charged with murder; 4 were convicted of manslaughter: James Major - 14 years; Jon McClure - 14 years; Murray Feist - 8 years; Douglas Maracle - 7 years. One (1) convicted of assaulting a peace officer: John McEwan was sentenced to 6 months.