Chief of Police Posey C. Martin

Chief of Police Posey C. Martin

Galax Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, February 21, 1935

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Posey C. Martin

Chief Martin was stabbed in the neck by a prisoner while releasing another prisoner. The other prisoner had somehow gotten a hold of a knife. Chief Martin bled to death on the jail floor after being stabbed.

Chief Martin had served with the Galax Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

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I never knew Chief Martin but my father, Charles F. Martin, son of Charles Daniel Martin (1878-1927), brother to Chief Posey Martin, often spoke very highly of him. The family was very proud of him.

Elizabeth Martin
Federal Bureau of Investigation

January 6, 2018

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