Patrolman John Martin

Patrolman John Martin

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, August 14, 1892

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John Martin

Patrolman Martin died in an insane asylum in St. Joseph after he was shot in the mouth in February of 1886. The bullet lodged in his brain causing him to go insane. He was walking near 4th and Walnut Street when one of two men walking ahead of him turned and asked, "why are you following us"?. When Policeman Martin told him to mind his own business he produced a revolver and shot him. Another nearby officer ran down and arrested the suspect.

The suspect, 24, was convicted of assault with intent to kill and sentenced to 10 years. He was released on October 5, 1893, and arrested two weeks later.


  • Age 61
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Incident Details

  • Cause Unknown
  • Incident Date Monday, February 15, 1886
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Released in 1893

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Kansas City Police Department, MO

January 13, 2015

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