Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 7 years
Badge # Not available
Location: District of Columbia
Weapon: Handgun; Mac-11
Offender: Committed suicide
Special Agent Martha Martinez was shot and killed after a gunman entered the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters at 300 Indiana Avenue, NW.
As he entered, Sergeant Henry Joseph Daly, of the Metropolitan Police Department, confronted him to ask if he needed anything. The suspect then pulled out an automatic weapon and shot Sergeant Daly at point-blank range, killing him instantly. He then opened fire on the three FBI agents in the room, as they returned fire. Special Agent Martinez and Special Agent Michael John Miller were killed inside of the room and the third agent was shot and seriously wounded. Agent Martinez was able to shoot the suspect but did not kill him.
After being wounded, the suspect shot and killed himself.
The suspect had previously been a suspect in a triple homicide. After being questioned several times by Detectives, he was cleared, but members of the suspects gang labeled him a snitch. In order to redeem himself in the eyes of his fellow gang members, he decided to kill a police officer. A further investigation revealed that the suspect entered the "Cold Case Squad" office by mistake and was looking for the "Homicide Squad" office.
After an extensive investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the gun that was used by the suspect was traced back to a man in Kentucky who was illegally selling guns to convicted criminals. That man was eventually sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.
Special Agent Martinez had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for seven years.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Sergeant Henry Joseph "Hank" Daly
Special Agent Michael John Miller