Conservation Officer John C. Martin

Conservation Officer John C. Martin

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, August 7, 1947

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John C. Martin

Conservation Officer John Martin was shot and killed while investigating out-of-season squirrel hunting along the Old Morgantown Road in Warren County, 12 miles west of Bowling Green.

The man who shot Officer Martin was arrested approximately two hours later. The man's brother was also arrested at a later date and charged as an accomplice.

The shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was granted a new trial that ended with a hung jury. A third trial also ended with a hung jury. The murder charge was dismissed in 1951.

Officer Martin was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He had served as a state conservation officer for only four months. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Charges dismissed

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 7, 2020

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