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


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 Remember Officer Martin L. Ganz like it was Yesterday, Martin and I Attended The North Orange County Reserve Police Academy
(N.O.C.R.P.A. ) Class # 24 back in the early 80's

I Was So Shocked To Here About His Death ! I Will Never Forget About The Good Times We Had Riding Dirt Bikes In The Desert And Shooting Our H.K.'s .

Rest In Peace Officer Ganz Never Forgotten !!

Michael R. Jacobus
Homicide Detective ( Retired C.P.D. )

Homicide Detective ( Retired )
Chicago Police Department
June 10, 2017


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