Constable John T. Martin

Constable John T. Martin

Carnegie Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, April 19, 1960

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John T. Martin

Constable Martin was shot and killed as he attempted to investigate two strange men on a farm near Carnegie. The owner of the farm came to Carnegie and told Constable Martin he had seen two men hanging around his gas pumps. As Constable Martin and the owner approached the men they opened fire. Constable Martin returned fire wounding both suspects before one killed him with a shotgun blast. One was apprehended at the scene. Constable Martin's killer was found an hour later slumped over the wheel of his truck, a few miles away, suffering from two gunshot wounds.

Both suspects, 26 and 32, were charged with murder. The 32-year-old killer was convicted of first degree manslaughter and sentenced to 35 years.

Constable Martin had served with the Carnegie Police Department for 2 months, and is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 35 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today on the 52nd 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 who was murdered in the 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 Loya

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 19, 2012

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