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Lieutenant William Martin | Toledo Police Department, Ohio Toledo Police Department, Ohio

Lieutenant

William Martin

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 6, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Lieutenant William Martin was shot and killed and another officer with him was wounded during a gun battle with three men they were pursuing in a stolen automobile. Lieutenant Martin's partner shot and killed one suspect and the other two were apprehended.

It was discovered the trio were wanted in Kansas for the murder of three police officers: Patrolman C. Leroy Damron, of the Bonner Springs Police Department, shot and killed on August 23, 1922, and Sergeant Elmer C. Biggs and Patrolman Fred C. Wheeler, of the Kansas City Police Department, shot and killed September 1, 1922.

Both suspects were convicted of Lieutenant Martin's murder and sentenced to life.

Lieutenant Martin had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Patrolman C. LeRoy Damron
Bonner Springs Police Department, Kansas
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 23, 1922
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Fred C. Wheeler
Kansas City Police Department, Kansas
End of Watch: Friday, September 1, 1922
Cause: Gunfire

Sergeant Elmer E. Biggs
Kansas City Police Department, Kansas
End of Watch: Friday, September 1, 1922
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 25, 2013

 

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