Lieutenant William Martin

Lieutenant William Martin

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, September 6, 1922

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William Martin

Lieutenant William Martin was shot and killed and another officer with him was wounded during a gun battle with three men they were pursuing in a stolen automobile. Lieutenant Martin's partner shot and killed one suspect and the other two were apprehended.

It was discovered the trio were wanted in Kansas for the murder of three police officers: Patrolman C. Leroy Damron, of the Bonner Springs Police Department, shot and killed on August 23, 1922, and Sergeant Elmer C. Biggs and Patrolman Fred C. Wheeler, of the Kansas City Police Department, shot and killed September 1, 1922.

Both suspects were convicted of Lieutenant Martin's murder and sentenced to life.

Lieutenant Martin had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant William Martin of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer

September 6, 2019

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