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Deputy Sheriff John Benjamin Martin | Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

John Benjamin Martin

Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Friday, December 27, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/25/1929

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Charged with murder

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Deputy John Martin was shot and killed as he and two other deputies searched a school for trespassers on Christmas Day.

A maintenance employee at the school did not recognize the deputies and mistook them for intruders. The man opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Martin, who died from the wounds two days later.

The maintenance employee was arrested and charged with murder.

Deputy Martin had served with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 27, 2011


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