Night Policeman James T. Martin

Night Policeman James T. Martin

Carrollton Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, August 10, 1900

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James T. Martin

Night Policeman James Martin was shot and killed while enforcing a city livestock ordinance prohibiting livestock from going at large.

He was impounding two horses when their owner approached him and began arguing with him. The man and the man's brother-in-law both exchanged shots with Policeman Martin. Policeman Martin was struck in the abdomen by a shotgun pellet and died approximately 20 minutes later.

Ultimately three men were convicted in the incident. The primary suspect was sentenced to 16 years for homicide. The others were convicted of conspiracy and received lesser sentences.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 16 years

livestock enforcement

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