Officer Daniel C. Martinez

Officer Daniel C. Martinez

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, March 23, 2007

Daniel C. Martinez

Officer Daniel Martinez was shot and killed while helping a mother retrieve her child from a residence.

Officer Martinez had responded to a call to help a mother get her child from a residence where she had a run in with her ex-boyfriend earlier in the day. The ex-boyfriend had been arrested and she had returned to pick up her child. She met the officer in the parking lot and they went to the front door and the brother of the man arrested earlier answered and told them to wait a minute, then shut the door. He returned with a 9 mm handgun and shot the police officer in the head, then shot the mother in the back, shoulder, and elbow as she fled. Officer Martinez was taken to Sparks Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooter fled from the home in a car and killed himself before Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers found him near Spiro, Oklahoma.

Officer Martinez had served for several years with the Poteau Police Department, Panama Police Department, Shady Point Police Department, and Wister Police Department, all of which are in Oklahoma. He joined the Fort Smith Police Department on July 3, 2006. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 23

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Committed suicide

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You were the only that had faith in the short kid when you coached me in poteau parc #32 A.j Martinez 3rd and 4th grade cowboys you made me a legend in the parc in my 2 year which would be 4th grade against the white and black team patriots I made every tackle I made every yard of offense and touch downs and I made them never gain one yard. I did it all through the same hole and you had me plying nosegaurd your help moved me to a perfect game. Thank you I'll always love you Coach Martinez.

Jerry Allen Joseph Martinez

March 11, 2018

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