Deputy Sheriff John Martin Calhoun Turman

Deputy Sheriff John Martin Calhoun Turman

Kimble County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, March 28, 1898

John Martin Calhoun Turman

Deputy John Turman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man. Deputy Turman was the proprietor of the Turman Hotel, and was in the kitchen when two patrons began arguing in the dining room. One of the two men left and the remaining man continued to curse and denounce him. Deputy Turman asked the man to leave and the man agreed, but continued cursing. Deputy Turman followed the man outside where he grabbed onto his arm and told him he was under arrest.

The suspect then threatened to kill the next man who touched him. Deputy Turman enlisted the help of a friend and then again attempted to arrest the man. As Deputy Turman and the friend attempted to grab him, the man opened fire, striking Deputy Turman in the side four times. Deputy Turman returned fire twice, but did not hit the suspect.

The suspect was tried for murdering Deputy Turman several times and was eventually sentenced to 3 years in the Texas State Penitentiary for manslaughter. The suspect's brother killed Brown County Texas Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb in 1874. The suspect died in Florida in 1918. A cousin by marriage of the suspect killed Officer Ben Collins in 1906.

Deputy Turman was survived by his wife and ten children. He was buried in Junction Cemetery in Junction, Texas.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 3 years

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Deputy Turman is my maternal great grandfather. His daughter, Barbara ("Bessie") Elizabeth Turman, Jackson, is my maternal grandmother. Gramma Jackson often told us the story of her father's murder. She possessed one of the .45 Colt bullets that killed her father. Deputy Turman was present when Geronimo and his lieutenants came through on the train to San Antonio. She remembered her father lifting her up so she could see Geronimo when he and his men were taken off the train for a rest stop in Junction, Texas.

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