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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

Suspect: 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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RIP Sergeant Martin. 25 years ago today you made the ultimate sacrifice for the people of Virginia and the United States. Thank you for your service.

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November 7, 2013

 

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