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

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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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Bob,

Having retired now, it brought reflection upon my career. It was that fatefull day on the beeline highway when you passed me and waved. Thirty minutes later Sergeant Clark, Officer Renfro and I were working overtime out there when we received the call. Renfro and I were the first on scene. To this day it still bothers me that there was nothing I could do for you. I have heard all the stories of Mother Martin and what a great Officer and friend you were. I know you are looking down on your friends and family including your blue family, watching over us and protecting us as you always have!! Rest in Peace my friend and brother!!!!

Sergeant Mike Gutierrez (Retired)
Albuquerque Police Department, AZ DPS (formerly)
October 28, 2014

 

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