Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel "Nat" Martin

Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel "Nat" Martin

Tama County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Monday, August 2, 1920

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Nathaniel "Nat" Martin

Deputy Sheriff Nat Martin was killed when his service revolver accidentally discharged as he and a posse were pursuing two car thieves.

As Deputy Martin stepped out of his car he caught his revolver trigger against the door causing the revolver to fire, the bullet entering his arm and chest.

Deputy Martin had been appointed a deputy only three weeks before his death. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Deputy Martin, on this 100th anniversary of your untimely departure, we say rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 2, 2020

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