Former Arlington cop kills wife, then himself

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by JASON WHITELY and REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 10:51 PM

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DeSOTO — A former Arlington police officer who killed his estranged wife and then took his own life Tuesday night had a restraining order against him that was taken out in October.

Catina Murphy, 37, was shot while on the phone with 911 at her mother's home in the 700 block of Timber Trail in DeSoto around 5:30 p.m. A recording of her final call reflected her terror.

MURPHY: "Please send somebody! Send somebody right now! I think my husband, my ex-husband, is going to try to break into the house."

The recording then erupts with screams.

MURPHY: "He's trying to kick the door in!"

DISPATCHER: "Ma'am, can you run out the back?"

The call was disconnected. DeSoto police arrived five minutes later, but it was too late. Both were dead.

The couple's divorce had just become final. The couple leaves behind a young daughter.

Andre Murphy also worked as a Cedar Hill ISD police officer from 2008 until 2012. A district official said he resigned during a restructuring at the district and had not been fired.

News 8's Marcus Moore contributed to this report.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com and rlopez@wfaa.com

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