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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

Incident Date: 8/15/1995

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: 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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Officer Martin,
I was traveling down the Beeline that day with my grandparents when we saw the flashing lights and road block to take a different route home. I was only nine years old and remember thinking what could have been happening for the highway to be closed. When I got home my parents had the news on and it showed that a officer on the Beeline highway had been shot and killed. I was so upset knowing that a police officer had been killed and that was why the highway was shut down. When I travel up and down the Beeline highway now as an adult I sometimes stop on the side of the road of your memorial and say a prayer for what you sacrificed that day. I say a prayer for your family that they are doing well. I also say a prayer for all law enforcement that is walking the beat and protecting us every day from people like Martinez that have no respect for anyone not even themselves. Officer Martin you have set the bar for many of us and your families reflections of you prove that you not only were an amazing police officer for a loved family man also. Good speed brother rest in peace.

Sgt. J. K. Mellott
October 13, 2014


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