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Officer Martin L. Ganz | Manhattan Beach Police Department, California Manhattan Beach Police Department, California

Officer

Martin L. Ganz

Manhattan Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, December 27, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 226

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Martin Ganz was shot and killed while making a traffic stop. As he was outside of the patrol car the driver of the other car exited and started firing at him. Officer Ganz tried to take cover behind his vehicle but was shot numerous times. Officer Ganz's 12-year-old nephew was on a ride along with him and the suspect attempted to shoot at him, but his gun misfired and the boy was not harmed.

The suspect was arrested approximately eight months later in connection with another murder in Oregon. The suspect was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the Oregon murder. In December 1998 the suspect was sentenced to death for the murder of Officer Ganz.

On the 12th anniversary of Officer Ganz's murder, a section of the I-405, between Hawthorne Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue, was renamed the Martin L. Ganz Memorial Highway.

Officer Ganz was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for five years. He was survived by his fiancee.

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I served with Martin in the MWSS-472 at MCAS El Toro. He was an MP and I was in Crash Crew at the time. We were only acquaintances but I remember having a conversation with him shortly before he got killed. His death hit our unit hard and we were all deeply saddened. He really was a nice guy and easy to talk to. I have these images of his funeral, taps, the last conversation we had. You never really see anything like this coming until it does and when it does you never forget. Semper Fi Martin.

Reserve Deputy Bob Monticup
Orange County Sheriff's Department
January 19, 2017

 

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