Deputy Sheriff Leamon "Slim" Martin

Deputy Sheriff Leamon "Slim" Martin

Raleigh County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, December 17, 1934

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Leamon "Slim" Martin

Deputy Sheriff Slim Martin was beaten to death in Cool Ridge, West Virginia, with a hammer and his own pistol by two men he had just arrested.

He stopped for dinner with the suspects at about 6:00 pm. At some point after dinner one of the suspects struck him in the back of the head with a machinist's hammer and a fight ensued. The other suspect seized his gun and beat him with it.

They dragged his body into the woods and took his patrol car. They were involved in a crash a short time later and fled the area on foot. They were apprehended two days later.

Both suspects were sentenced to life in prison but were paroled in 1954.

Deputy Martin was survived by his wife and two daughters. He had previously been a sergeant with the West Virginia State Police.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Hammer
  • Offender Sentenced to life

prisoner custody, transport

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 77th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 17, 2011

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