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Sergeant John Lee Martin | Lee County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Lee County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Sergeant

John Lee Martin

Lee County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, November 7, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/4/1988

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Martin was shot at approximately 0300 hours while investigating a suspicious vehicle parked outside of a building. The suspect opened fire with a .44 caliber pistol as he approached the vehicle. Sergeant Martin returned fire, striking the driver's side door several times. He was able to give a description of the suspect and vehicle to backup officers before being transported to a local hospital. He succumbed to his wounds three days later.

The suspect's vehicle was found several days later burned beyond recognition except for the bullet holes found in the driver's door. The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Martin had served with the agency for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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John, it is the day after your Birthday, and several wished you a Happy Birthday in Heaven. You are missed today as much as you were missed over 20 years ago when you left us so suddenly. I just hope and pray that our loss will give something to someone else, and that as they remember you people will be doing to others as you did . John you were, and will always be my hero. As I age I appreciate you, and what you stood for more and more. God Bless,

Sister, Geneva F Walker( Frank)
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August 10, 2015

 

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