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Deputy Sheriff Leamon Raleigh County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Leamon "Slim" Martin

Raleigh County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, December 17, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Leamon was beaten and shot with his own weapon while bringing in two suspects.

The deputy stopped for dinner with the suspects at about 6:00 pm. At some point after dinner one of the suspects struck him in the back of the head with a machinists hammer and a fight ensued. The other suspect seized his gun and fired five times and also struck him with the gun. This happened at about 6:35 pm., the time his watch had been broken.

They drug his body into the woods and took his patrol car. They were in an accident with a bus and fled the scene. They were apprehended two days later.

Both suspects were sentenced to life in prison and were paroled in 1954.

Deputy Martin was survived by his wife and two daughters. He had previously been a sergeant with the state police before resigning to become a deputy sheriff.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 77th anniversary year 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 17, 2011

 

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