Deputy Sheriff Earl C. Martindale

Deputy Sheriff Earl C. Martindale

Midland County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, January 18, 1935

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Earl C. Martindale

Deputy Sheriff Earl Martindale was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglar at a pool hall he operated in Coleman.

He had been alerted at about 3:30 am that a nearby garage had been burglarized. While he was investigating the burglary he discovered that several other local businesses, including his restaurant and pool hall, and a schoolhouse had been burglarized as well. He encountered a suspect in front of the pool hall at about 4:00 am and placed him under arrest. As he walked the man into the pool hall the subject drew a pistol and shot him three times. Deputy Martindale was able to return fire and wounded the subject.

The subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled on December 8, 1962.

Deputy Martindale had served with the Midland County Sheriff's Office for only 18 days. He was survived by his mother and sister.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1962


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Deputy Sheriff Martindale,
On today, the 82nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Midland County.


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January 18, 2017

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