Arrest made in death of Texas police officer killed more 40 years ago
Alice, Texas
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Matthew Murphy

By Fernando Alfonso III
Houston Chronicle

A 70-year-old man has been arrested in the death of an Alice Police Department officer in 1974.

The man was arrested Nov. 8 in Alabama and charged with capital murder in the Dec. 1, 1974 shooting death of Matthew Murphy, according to the Alice Echo News Journal. Alice is roughly 43 miles west of Corpus Christi.

The suspect was identified as Roberto Lopez Sunday by KIII TV. According to both news sources, Lopez had been a person of interest from the beginning of the investigation.

Murphy was killed after stopping a vehicle at West Main Street and Highway 281 in Alice, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) wrote.

November 9, 2017 marks exactly ten years since 24-year-old Kyle Fleischmann disappeared near N. Davidson Street in Uptown Charlotte.

"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," DPS added. "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."

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