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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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A few weeks before you left us, you made a backup for me while you were off duty. I was out with three subjects on the side of 35th avenue near the scene of a robbery. I didn't know you and worked in a different precinct, but you saw that things looked sketchy and you stopped to back me up until more units arrived. I'm convinced that made the difference between them running or pulling the gun that one of them had. It was just a few weeks later when my partner met me for a 25 on the day you were killed and told me the name of the guy we lost. I have a daughter the same age as Jeremy and she was going through a box of my old police papers recently and found the pumpkin page announcing your passing. I left Phoenix 15 years ago and moved away from Arizona to work for a new agency, but seeing that page brought back the day you helped me. You backed up a lot of cops in your time, but you left mine before learning that we had caught the right guys, locked them up and that you likely prevented a gunfight. I purchased a memorial bracelet for you recently and will wear it often. Godspeed, brother.

Jim
Phoenix PD
June 7, 2016

 

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