Police Officer Martin Luther Arterberry

Police Officer Martin Luther Arterberry

Mangum Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, November 4, 1969

Martin Luther Arterberry

Officer Arterberry was accidentally shot and killed when his service weapon fell from its holster and discharged, striking him in the liver and lung. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1800 hours. The incident occurred as he sat in a chair at the police station.

Officer Arterberry had been with the agency for only four days. He was survived by his wife, two children, mother, three sisters, and four brothers.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 days
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Use your wisdom and vision wisely. You may never know when it will come in handy. Your gift to this world, Officer Cook, was your contributions to mankind and its humanity, Officer Cook, a spirited soul with a kind heart. Dade County and its folks were well cared for in honor and dignity, respect and integrity. A mature man beyond your years family, friends and comrades will humbly salute your humbleness and its associated heroism. A legend forever etched upon Our Lord's walls of valor and columns of courage and persona. Rest in peace my neighbor, friend and hero. Violence and terror may run together now, one day real soon peace and serenity will permanently replace this binge of evil with by devoted servants such as yourself, Officer Cook.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 8, 2018

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