Sergeant John Lee Martin

Sergeant John Lee Martin

Lee County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, November 7, 1988

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John Lee Martin

Sergeant John Martin was shot at approximately 3:00 am while investigating a suspicious vehicle parked outside of a building.

The occupant opened fire with a .44 caliber pistol as Sergeant Martin approached the vehicle. Sergeant Martin returned fire, striking the driver's side door several times. He was able to give a description of the suspect and vehicle to backup officers before being transported to a local hospital. He succumbed to his wounds three days later.

The vehicle was found several days later burned beyond recognition except for the bullet holes found in the driver's door. The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Martin had served with the Lee County Sheriff's Office for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 4, 1988
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

suspicious vehicle

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Dad I miss and love you with all my heart ya wasn't only my dad but best friend could talk to ya about anything and not judge me but try help me through anything hugs till see ya again love ya always

John l Martin Jr ,oldest son
Oldest son John jr

July 8, 2023

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