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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

Incident Date: 6/26/1997

Weapon: Edged weapon

Suspect: 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 knew Wayne Martinez from the time we were 10 years old until his death and we spent 5 years working together daily. Wayne was a good officer and had the ability to handle stressful situations but remain upbeat at the same time. He always encouraged me to stick with the job and we leaned on each other during a great friendship and mutual respect. I often have dreams of working with him and the funny sayings he always had, that is what sticks with me and makes me smile. The day we lost him changed me and many others forever. RIP Big W!

Sgt. Daniel Schisel (ret.)
Wyoming DOC
May 21, 2014

 

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