Officer Willis A. Martin

Photo of Officer Willis A. Martin
End of Watch: Sun, Feb 27th, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 59


Officer Martin was survived by his wife, five children, three brothers and three sisters.


Officer Martin was shot and killed when he entered a shoe store to investigate an open door. A citizen who had found a new shoe lying on the street took it home to show his brother. When the two checked about 0730 hours to see if shoe stores in the area had been burglarized, they found Policeman Martin's body lying inside the open door of one of the shoe stores.

Four men were arrested for the murder. After being arrested, one of the men implicated another of the men as the actual trigger man.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Cape Girardeau Police Department Patch
40 South Sprigg Street
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
(573) 335-6621
Chief James Blair


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