...He fatally shot himself, investigators said. Though they declined to give a reason, they said he may have been having some personal problems... It was the second time in slightly more than a year that an active-duty Oakland police officer took his own life...
[CA] Oakland Police Lt. Derrick Norfleet took his own life at home - ...Officers of all ranks wore black bands over their badges, and many broke into tears upon hearing the news...
POLICE, COMMUNITY MOURN VETERAN OAKLAND OFFICER
San Jose Mercury News / Oakland Tribune
Sean Maher, Harry Harris
[Excerpts] Murray Hoyle, a hardworking, highly respected 28-year Oakland police department veteran, died Saturday evening in a rural area of eastern Contra Costa County, authorities said. He was 51. He fatally shot himself, investigators said. Though they declined to give a reason, they said he may have been having some personal problems. Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, he called 911 dispatchers in Contra Costa County to tell them he would do it and where they could find him. It was the second time in slightly more than a year that an active-duty Oakland police officer took his own life. In July 2008, Lt. Derrick Norfleet fatally shot himself at his Vallejo home. To a department still recovering from the March 21 killings of Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Dan Sakai and Officer John Hege, coupled with Norfleet's death, Hoyle's suicide was a shock, especially since no one had seen any signs it would happen, members of the department said. Officer Jim Gordon one of his closest friends in the department is among the mourners. "He was the last person you would expect to do this," Gordon said. "He had a gruff exterior, but he was a very warm person. He would give you the shirt off his back. He was a very dedicated police officer who had a warm heart". A burly 230-pounder who still had visible scars on his arms and leg from a fiery 1989 car wreck that almost killed him, Hoyle was the epitome of an excellent beat cop, according to fellow officers. They say that was especially true of his service in the Montclair district, where he had worked many years until transferring to another beat this year so he could spend more time with his family... [Full article here]
OAKLAND: VETERAN POLICE OFFICER COMMITS SUICIDE
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 22:16
[Excerpts] ...Oakland Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan said in a statement, "The sudden loss of Officer Murray Hoyle is a shock to the department and the citizens of Oakland. He was a valuable member of our team and will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts will be with his family"... Hoyle is survived by his wife and three children, ages 22, 15 and 11. Police officials said information about funeral services for Hoyle will be announced soon... [Full article here]
Police Officer Involved Domestic Violence. Lighting a candle of remembrance for those who've lost their lives to domestic violence behind the blue wall, for strength and wisdom to those still there, and a non-ending prayer for those who thought they had escaped but can't stop being afraid.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
[CA] Oakland Police Officer Murray Hoyle is gone now too
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I miss you Murry. Wish you were still working the streetsReplyDelete
If only he could read thisReplyDelete
Not a day goes by without thoughts of you. The pain has NOT eased with time. My heart is broken yet somehow it still beats. I miss you so much. Thank you for 18 years....I wish we had more.ReplyDelete
I miss my brother. Always.ReplyDelete