Ex-Lower Providence cop charged after stealing weapons from police vehicle

A ventilation hose was attached to the exhaust, with the other end inside the closed vehicle, in an apparent suicide attempt, the complaint said. Police say he later tried to commit suicide outside a church in West Norriton, which led to a heavy police presence in the area Wednesday morning.

An arraignment was pending Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Rebar.

On Tuesday, August 29 at 6:45 a.m., Lower Providence police discovered a police vehicle had been broken into while parked in the township parking lot.

Murray in 2014 received a commendation for heroism along with 12 other police officers and volunteer firefighters for rescuing seven residents during a blaze at the Audubon Center apartment complex in Lower Providence.

According to the complaint, Murray would know the code to access the M-16 in the back of the patrol auto.

Police obtained a search warrant for Murray’s Jeep where they found a loaded handgun with a round chambered, police said. When a Lower Providence detective contacted Murray to come to the police station to discuss an important matter, he refused.

District Attorney Kevin Steele identified Murray as the officer who surrendered without incident Wednesday morning outside of St. Teresa of Avila Church in West Norriton. Murray left his home in his 2016 Jeep Patriot and neither family or officers could get a hold of him for hours before he turned up at the church Thursday morning.

It was unclear at the time whether Murray had the M-16 on him and a tactical unit was called in as a precaution.

A former U.S. Marine, Murray was a 10-year veteran of the police department when his employment was terminated June 2 following two earlier suspensions involving non-criminal violations of “procedures and protocols”, according to Steele. He was taken in to custody at the church at 10 a.m. and brought to the Lower Providence Police Department, according to the affidavit.

After his dismissal from the Lower Providence Police Department, Charles Murray parked his vehicle at St. Teresa of Avila at Parkview Drive and Trooper Road in Norristown Wednesday morning and attempted suicide through carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NBC10.

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