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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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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

December 27, 2011

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