Man: Off-Duty Deputy Got Away With Shooting Me 6 Times

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(Memphis) A man wants to know why police aren't charging an off-duty Mississippi deputy.

He said the deputy shot him six times near Beale Street.

The deputy told Memphis police the other man groped a woman, got into a fight with him, then the deputy opened fire and ran off.

"When I woke up, I thought I was dead. I thought I'm dead, because everything was white," said Mark Martinez.

Martinez came to Memphis for a construction job.

His first week here, he went partying on Beale Street, and said he drank so much, he blacked out.

Police told Martinez he was shot by off-duty Ponotoc County deputy John Logan, because Logan said he groped a girl he was with.

"We must have started wrestling, and I must have hit him or what not. Then he hit me with a gun, but if you're an off-duty cop, you shouldn't have a gun on you, especially if you're drunk. That's what they were saying," said Martinez.

Police said they found a pistol strapped to Logan's ankle and a knife in his pocket.

"He said it was self-defense. That's all it was, self-defense," said Martinez.

WREG talked to the girl who said she was groped by Martinez. She didn't want to go on camera, but said a huge fight broke out, a homeless man even jumped in.

She said Logan was beat so bad, he fell on the ground.

That's when he fired his gun. Martinez said he was shot in the leg, arm and back.

Martinez said he's never been in a fight and would never grope a girl.

"No. I'm not capable. I wouldn't do anything like that," said Martinez.

Martinez's mom said self-defense doesn't require six shots, and "they are doing nothing, because he's a cop, and we are Hispanic."

The Shelby County District Attorney's office said right now, there's not enough information to file charges, because it's unclear who started what.

Martinez was told there is surveillance video of the fight.

Martinez said MPD hasn't even asked for his side of the story.

"It made me feel like they were all playing a team. Their own team. Their cop system or whatever," said Martinez.

Logan was placed on paid leave.

His friend told WREG he joined the force in December 2013.

Martinez said he will be in the hospital another two months before he fully recovers.


  • Dave

    The police always protect their own. No matter what the circumstances. The police force is the largest domestic terrorist group in the USA. If you stand up for your rights you are instantly charged with a felony. Its getting to the point where we need to be armed to protect ourselves from those who are supposed to protect us.

  • Hard Truths

    Police are highway bandits and thugs who act with impunity.

    This cop will get away with this attempted murder, too, because Amy Weirich, like Bill Gibbons, apparently has so many guilty secrets that she won’t take on the police, ANY police.

    The DA’s office in Memphis is a little Peyton Place, if you get my drift.


    Really channel 3 . . . You’re going to allow the trash to post a comment that someone should be shot . . . Well whoever allows that comment to be posted should be shot too.

  • Arthur

    You groped a man’s girlfriend and then you and your buddies started to beat the man who wasprotecting his girlfriend. It sounds like you got what you deserved. Next time keep your drunk, out of your mind, hands off of another man’s girl. Maybe, just maybe you can use this a teachable moment. I hope the cop gets back to work soon.

  • jeremy

    the guy admittited himself,That he was so drunk he blacked out! that within itself shows me he had no control over his actions or the situation.If the cop were drinking,shame on him for having a gun,afterall it is against the law! however,It also stated the officer was getting his butt handed to him by a group of people,,,at that point it is self defense and I cant blame the guy.Sounds to me like the cop should have let it go and if he was that threatened,should have removed him and his girlfriend to another establishment.Second if the criminal in this case cant hold his liquor he shouldnt have been there anyways.He has been in our town for a week and is already causing trouble.we in memphis have enough trouble he can go back to where he came from.

  • Credible

    The fondling victim was not the officer’s girlfriend. It was a friend and fellow employee’s girlfriend (who is also female). The female couple that was with the officer got punched as well.

    • Joey

      People read the story before you make stupid comments. Nowhere does it say it was the officer’s girlfriend. Nowhere does it say the officer was drinking. Mr. Martinez, if you are stupid enough to drink yourself into oblivion, you don’t know what you’re capable of. And Ms. Martinez, you nor anyone else knows how many shots it take to stop a threat.

      • bmwjen

        Joey, is this your first time on this site? A good portion don’t or can’t read past the headline and fill in the story to fit their agenda.

  • For Real

    Ahhhh, it’s because you’re hispanic. Gotcha. Had nothing to do with getting so drunk you blacked out and became violent and incoherent. Leave it up to the media to paint the cop as the bad guy and the readers to take the bait. Dude should be happy the cop was either a bad shot or wasn’t intending to kill him.

  • bmwjen

    Why would the cops ask him his side of the story when he already said he drank so much he black out…so now all of a sudden he can remember (clearly).

  • Don

    Martinez came to Memphis for a construction job.

    His first week here, he went partying on Beale Street, and said he drank so much, he blacked out.

    Martinez, has a good case, The bartender can be sued for serving booze to a drunk. He probably could get some help from attorney Joe Brown Clown to take his case because he needs more name recognizance. he might do it for nothing

  • Hard Truths

    I see a lot of cops chiming in here defending their “brother”.

    Consider the source of their comments, and their agenda.

    And — do we have a DA who will take on crime by police? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • mr. matt

    blacked out, remembers nothing, his friends should have done a better job of keeping him out of trouble in that situation instead of escalating it like it sounds like they did. sorry madre but you should be happy your muchacho is alive instead of race baiting. that card has gotten wore out already in this town

    • Hard Truths

      Unless you have Native American ancestry, you ought to be careful with that rhetoric.

      Mexicans have been on this continent 40 times as long as the earliest European Americans.

    • Hard Truths

      And there just may be a million Martinez’s in America who ARE American citizens.

      Now get back in your trailer and rattle those pots and cans.

      Stupid xenophobe, or, as you’re called in this part of the country, “good ol’ gal”.

      Bet you’re not even a high school graduate.

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