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Police Officer Marc Todd Atkinson | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

Marc Todd Atkinson

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Friday, March 26, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 5930

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Three suspects arrested

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Officer Marc Atkinson was shot and killed after being ambushed by suspected drug traffickers.

Officer Atkinson was driving a marked patrol car while following the suspects, who turned a corner, stopped their vehicle, and waited for him. As he turned the corner, the three suspects opened fire, striking him twice in the head, killing him. A citizen who witnessed the incident engaged the suspects in a gunfight with his own weapon, seriously wounding one. The other two suspects fled but were later arrested.

Officer Atkinson is survived by his wife and six-month-old child.

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I served with Marc in desert shield/storm. He was the gunner for our LAV-25. We spent many a nights talking about what we were going to do after the war. We kept in touch via mail when we got home and we lost touch over time. I recently started to look for him to try to get back in touch and was heartbroken to read what had happened.
I know this tragedy took place several years back but I am mourning my friend and sad I could not properly pay my respects to him and his family.
It was an honor to have known Marc and will always have great memories of the time we served.

Denis Delgado

Denis Delgado / Sergeant
January 16, 2015


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