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 in Warren County. The suspect 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 which 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 US Navy veteran of WWII. He had served as a state conservation officer for only 4 months and was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • 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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This is the only letter I will ever write to my Grandfather John. We miss you, my older brother was given your name, but I was given your face and the reflection is a daily reminder of what was taken from our family. I turned 33 this year, my daughter Jazlyn Madlyn Martin turned 6 and my son...Jace Cagan Martin, turned 2. The same age my father was when we lost you...I can't imagine how my Grandmother carried on, and how his children found there way to becoming the remarkable people and parents they did. But, like the Martin name and face...they also carried on and payed tribute to their lose and your sacrifice. I LOVE YOU Papa JC. I miss you Papa JC. THANK YOU Papa JC. Your Grandson... James

James Martin

August 8, 2013

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