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Officer Willis Martin | Cape Girardeau Police Department, Missouri Cape Girardeau Police Department, Missouri


Willis Martin

Cape Girardeau Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, February 27, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 59

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: Not available

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Martin was shot and killed when he entered a shoe store to investigate an open door. A citizen who had found a new shoe lying on the street took it home to show his brother. When the two checked about 0730 hours to see if shoe stores in the area had been burglarized, they found Policeman Martin's body lying inside the open door of one of the shoe stores.

Four men were arrested for the murder. After being arrested, one of the men implicated another of the men as the actual trigger man.

Officer Martin was survived by his wife, five children, three brothers and three sisters.

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