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Patrolman Justin Scott Martin |  Urbandale Police Department, Iowa  Urbandale Police Department, Iowa

Patrolman

Justin Scott Martin

Urbandale Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # 1140

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Justin Martin and Sergeant Anthony Beminio, of the Des Moines Police Department, were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol cars shortly after 1:00 am.

Patrolman Martin was sitting in his patrol car at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue when a subject approached and opened fire without warning, shooting into the driver's side of the patrol car between 15 and 30 times. Nearby citizens called 911 to reports shots fired and responding officers located Patrolman Martin inside.

Additional officers from multiple agencies setup a perimeter in the area. Approximately 20 minutes later the same subject approached Sergeant Beminio's patrol car, approximately two miles from Patrolman Martin's murder, and ambushed him at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Avenue. The man then fled the scene. At approximately 9:30 am he surrendered to law enforcement officers in Dallas County.

On May 19th, 2017, the subject was sentenced to two consecutive life terms after pleading guilty to both murders.

Patrolman Martin had served with the Urbandale Police Department for 15 months.

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Sergeant Anthony David Beminio
Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
End of Watch: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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I remember those gun shots ringing out in the early morning. Even now, I hear the echo of those shots screaming loudly that one of our best has just been shot. I pray that the individual who did this to you is locked away forever with the key lost never to be found. You were so young and so full of life. You heard Heaven's call. You had to go....May peace be with your loved ones. I'm just one American but I can tell you, your family is loved more than words can EVER SAY in this Urbandale town just like you were. NEVER will we forget! 50 years and safety was assured or so we thought.....This sleepy little town woke up to this tragedy.

Iris Eng
American citizen
May 16, 2017

 

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