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Corporal Wayne Martinez | Wyoming Department of Corrections, Wyoming Wyoming Department of Corrections, Wyoming

Corporal

Wayne Martinez

Wyoming Department of Corrections, Wyoming

End of Watch: Thursday, June 26, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon

Offender: Not available

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Corporal Wayne Martinez was stabbed to death by inmates during an escape attempt.

The suspects had gained control to the shift commander's office and attacked Corporal Martinez, beating him and stabbing him three times. The suspects then fled in a truck but were stopped when other officers opened fire on them at an exterior fence.

Corporal Martinez had served with the agency for 7 years. He was survived by his wife, son, four daughters, and his parents.

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I had the opportunity to work with Wayne from 1995 until his passing. He was always smiling and I always saw him during shift change (he was on 1st Shift, I was on 2nd). I had the chance to briefly talk to him the day before he died. He told me about his girls excitement about going to Disneyland on that Saturday. He also said he was looking forward to the "rest" and vacation. That was a sad day in Rawlins and for all of the Correctional Officers at the Penitentiary at that time.

David Everett.......Sergeant
WSP 1995-2007
April 17, 2015

 

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