Deputy Sheriff John Benjamin Martin

Deputy Sheriff John Benjamin Martin

Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, December 27, 1929

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John Benjamin Martin

Deputy John Martin was shot and killed as he and two other deputies searched a school for trespassers on Christmas Day.

A maintenance employee at the school did not recognize the deputies and mistook them for intruders. The man opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Martin, who died from the wounds two days later.

The maintenance employee was arrested and charged with murder.

Deputy Martin had served with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 25, 1929
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Deputy Sheriff Martin,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Davidson County.


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December 27, 2019

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