Police Officer Joseph Preston Martin

Police Officer Joseph Preston Martin

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, April 27, 1990

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Joseph Preston Martin

Police Officer Joseph 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, respectively. The shooter was sentenced to death.

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

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2899

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Thank you Detective Nyberg. I appreciate your humbly kind words regarding your heroic colleague Officer Joseph Preston Martin. Rest in peace Officer Martin. Your honor, integrity and dignity will forevermore be saluted and paid homage for its resolve and unwavering, unselfish and unrelenting perseverance.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 7, 2020

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