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Sheriff John E. Martin | Starr County Sheriff's Department, Texas Starr County Sheriff's Department, Texas


John E. Martin

Starr County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, December 1, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Sheriff Martin and a citizen were shot to death after being ambushed while returning to Rio Grande City after serving citations. The two had been collecting taxes and were murdered in a robbery of the tax proceeds.

Sheriff Martin had served as sheriff for a total of 3.5 years over two different terms. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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I just found out that Sheriff Martin is my GGG grandfather. His surviving son was William D Martin SR who married Liciana Martin and had 7 children in Starr County Texas. My grandpa was William D Martin JR. My father is Richard L Martin and his brother is William D Martin III. I am deeply moved and proud about this information.

Jason Richard Martin

Jason Martin
Great Great Great Grandson
January 4, 2015


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