Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PGPD Remembers Fallen Officer Sergeant Mark Murphy



Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Sergeant Mark Kevin Murphy, lost this day in 1988 as a result of injuries sustained during the execution of a narcotics search warrant.

Sergeant Murphy was born on June 26, 1953, in Tacoma, Washington.  He moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1972 and spent the next two years as a fingerprint clerk for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Metropolitan Police Department.  Sergeant Murphy joined the Prince George’s County Police Department in March of 1974.  After graduating from the training academy, he was assigned to the Seat Pleasant district station.  In 1976, Sergeant Murphy was transferred to the Special Operations Division and two years later joined the Emergency Services Team.


On the evening of August 31, 1988, Sergeant Murphy and his team were preparing to execute a narcotics search warrant on 64th Avenue in Riverdale.  As they approached the target apartment, Sergeant Murphy assumed a kneeling position and deployed a hydraulic device to assist in making entry.  As the device took effect, his teammates perceived a deadly threat from within the target apartment and responded with lethal force.  As Sergeant Murphy stood up from his position, he inadvertently entered his colleagues’ line of fire and was gravely wounded.  The Sergeant was rushed to the hospital where he died a short time later.


Sergeant Murphy served the Prince George’s County Police Department for 14 years and was the 16th member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice.  He was the 27th law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George’s County.


At the time of his death, Sergeant Murphy was 35 years old and survived by his wife of three weeks and his teenage daughter.

PGPD Remembers Fallen Officer Edward Merson


        World War I Vet Was First Member of Department to Make Ultimate Sacrifice

                                     

Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Officer Edward D. Merson, lost this day in 1937 while responding to a call for service.
 
Officer Merson was born on December 17, 1890, in Laurel.  He served with honor and distinction in the United States Army during World War I.  Officer Merson was appointed to the Prince George’s County Police Department in June of 1935 and assigned to the Hyattsville station.
 
On the morning of September 1,1937, Officer Merson received a call for service for a car that was submerged in a pond with its passengers reportedly drowned.  While en route to the scene, Officer Merson lost control of his police vehicle on Baltimore Avenue, left the roadway, and struck a tree near what is now Muirkirk Road.  Officer Merson died from his injuries several hours later.

Officer Merson served the Prince George’s County Police Department for two years and was the first member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice.  He was the second law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George’s County.


At the time of his death, Officer Merson was 46 years old and survived by his wife and two children.

Friday, August 28, 2015

PGPD Investigates Fatal Pedestrian Hit and Run in New Carrollton

The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run in New Carrollton. The collision occurred on July 15, 2015. The victim died of her injuries on August 25, 2015. She is 39-year-old Sandra Luna of Jeffrey Avenue in Lanham. Investigators would like to talk to anyone who witnessed or has any information on this case.

The preliminary investigation reveals that shortly after 7:00 pm, Luna attempted to cross the street in the 8300 block of Annapolis Road when she was struck by a car. She was not in a crosswalk. The driver did not stop. The striking car is described as a dark-colored Toyota. 

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) from your cell phone. You may also submit a tip online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Search Underway for Missing Sex Offender

Courtesy of MDDPSC

Federal, state and county police are searching for a convicted sex offender who walked off from a court-ordered home visit on Thursday, August 27, near Landover Hills. Forty-nine year-old James Alexander Norris, Jr., was last seen wearing a black track jacket with a white stripe down the sleeves, blue jeans and New Balance sneakers. He walked away at about 2 pm this afternoon from the 4000 block of Warner Ave. He is 5’7” and 170 pounds. If anyone sees him, please call 911 immediately. For further information, please call Mark Vernarelli, Director of Public Information with the MD Dept. of Public Safety & Corrections at 443-414-9375.