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Deputy Sheriff John P. Martin | Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

John P. Martin

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, September 12, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .30 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Deputy Sheriff John Martin was shot and killed in an ambush in a sand pit near the Saluda River, three miles from Marietta, South Carolina.

The suspect had his wife lure Deputy Martin to the sand pit on the pretext of a rock throwing incident. When Deputy Martin arrived the suspect shot him six times with a .30-caliber pistol, killing him. The suspect was later arrest and sentenced to life in prison.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
October 10, 2010

 

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