Town Sergeant Oscar Miller Martin

Town Sergeant Oscar Miller Martin

New Castle Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, June 27, 1912

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Oscar Miller Martin

Town Sergeant Oscar Martin succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 11 days earlier while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public.

The man shot Town Sergeant Martin in the arm and head before fleeing. He was transported to Jefferson Hospital in Roanoke the following morning where he remained until succumbing to his wound.

The suspect was located in Allegheny County several days later. He was shot and wounded when officers attempted to arrest him. He was sentenced to death for the murder but the sentence was later commuted to life. A few months later he escaped from prison and was never captured.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 16, 1912
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Death sentence commuted


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Sgt. Martin,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New Castle.


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June 27, 2022

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