Patrolman Hosea Ocala Martin

Patrolman Hosea Ocala Martin

Laurens Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, December 14, 1921

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Hosea Ocala Martin

Patrolman Hosea Martin was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who were transporting illegal alcohol.

Patrolman Martin had gone to the bridge over the Little River on the Greenville-Laurens Road to wait for the vehicle, which was was being followed by members of the Laurens County Rural Police. The vehicle stopped near the bridge and as Patrolman Martin approached the vehicle he was fatally shot.

The two men were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Patrolman Martin was a widower and was survived by his six children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

alcohol violation

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You sacrificed your life almost 100 years ago, and now we are connected. Your name is engraved next to my son Diego who died in the line of duty 10 months ago. And that's when one realizes that time and space mean nothing. You were pretty much the age of my son. Times have changed, but the law and order should prevail. I hope I can meet any of your descendants at some point in life. Thanks for your service.

Lizzie Lee
Mother of Diego Moreno - Kent Police Department -EOW 07/22/2018

May 5, 2019

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