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Police Officer Joseph Preston Martin | Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Joseph Preston Martin

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, April 27, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 2899

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Martin was shot and killed after he stopped a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was a stolen vehicle and was occupied by three men who had been on a crime spree of burglaries and robberies. As Officer Martin approached the vehicle the passenger exited and opened fire, striking him in the throat. Although mortally wounded, Officer Martin was able to return fire and wounded the suspect in the shoulder. All three suspects fled but were eventually apprehended. The accomplices were sentenced to 30 years and life in prison. The shooter was sentenced to death.

Officer Martin is survived by his wife, two children, father, and mother.

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 20, 2016

 

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