Chief Deputy Martin L. Myers

Chief Deputy Martin L. Myers

Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, May 22, 1940

Martin L. Myers

Chief Deputy Martin Myers was shot and killed as he and several other officers attempted to serve a lunacy warrant at a farm on County Road 24, approximately 11 miles south of New Philadelphia.

The wanted subject had been harassing his neighbors for several weeks while armed with numerous firearms and knives. Chief Deputy Myers and other officers had gone to the farm earlier in the day and attempted to talk the man into coming out of the house, but he refused. The officers returned at approximately 9:00 pm and attempted a ruse to lure the man out of the house before taking him into custody.

Chief Deputy Myers wore farm clothes and pretended to be looking for directions to New Philadelphia. When the ruse failed the officers attempted to take the man into custody by throwing tear gas into the home. As the subject fled the house he shot Chief Deputy Myers three times, including once in the forehead, with a .32 caliber revolver.

The man then committed suicide.

Chief Deputy Myers was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

EDP, warrant service

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Rest in peace and thoughts to your family. Came across you when I started dedicating each of my workouts to a fallen officer. I live 10 miles from where you were murdered and I will keep you in mind as I finish the police academy and start my law enforcement career.

New Philadelphia Citizen

September 2, 2018

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