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Officer Robert K. Martin | Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona


Robert K. Martin

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 15, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 28 years

Badge # 474

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Martin was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on the Beeline Highway near Mesa, Arizona. After murdering Officer Martin the suspect stole his service weapon and fled to California. He then used the service weapon to murder a convenience store clerk. The man was apprehended several days later. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Martin had been with the agency for 28 years and was survived by his wife.

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Grandpa ,
There is not a day I don't think of you:( I miss so much about
What a great grandpa you where .!! You where not only a great grandpa
But a awesome role model.. I will never forget tht phone call that changed
All our live forever, sometimes I wonder if I hadn't answerd the phone would it all of gone away ! ( I guess not ) .. That was truley the hardest day of my life !!.. The only thing that made it harder was telling my mom that her dad was dead!!( truley the hardest thing I've had to do EVER!!! I think back on our national Christmas lightings, that would lite up the whole neighborhood , the unforgettable white tree that took up the majority of the living room with beautiful blue lights on the tree .. As kid I loved the color blue, wasn't untill I was older did I undrstand the meaning of the blue lights , the day god called you home was when blue (my favorite color always ) ment something more powerful than most can imagine , ! I will never ever forget the 1st an only circus you took mysister and I too .. That you supported me loving clowns even when the rest of my siblings couldn't stand them! Going out on the lake in the boat you made grandma ! An surprising me when I was in he hospital pregnant with your 1st great grandson who couldn't just thought he had to come into the world whenever he chose!! ( atleast we made it to a month early instead of 6 months early)! Grandpa if I am half the person you where then I will have succeeded in my goals.. To this day I miss you as much as the day the phone rang , they say time heals all wounds ! Who ever said that has never has had to deal with such a great loss as our family has for the last 20 yrs and will always ! To me time is just that time .. I member you jut like it was yesterday with your bald head and your huge hugs !! An the biggest heart I've ever known in a man!! I love you as much know as I did 20yrs ago !! Till we see each other again grandpa , I love you and will forever keep you close to my heart !!!

September 4, 2015


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