Patrolman Martin Roth

Patrolman Martin Roth

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, October 29, 1877

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Martin Roth

Patrolman Martin Roth succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when he was assaulted by a subject he was attempting to arrest for being drunk in public near the foot of Clay Street, near the Ohio River.

During the arrest the subject struck Patrolman Roth in the head with a rock, causing severe lacerations. Patrolman Roth developed tetanus as a result of the wounds and died on October 29th, 1877.

The subject who murdered him was acquitted of manslaughter.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, October 22, 1877
  • Weapon Blunt object; Rock
  • Offender Acquitted

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Patrolman Roth,
On today, the 138th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville. It angers me that your murderer escaped justice.


United States Border Patrol

October 29, 2015

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