Police Officer Marc Todd Atkinson

Police Officer Marc Todd Atkinson

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, March 26, 1999

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Marc Todd Atkinson

Police Officer Marc Atkinson was shot and killed after being ambushed by suspected drug traffickers.

Officer Atkinson was driving a marked patrol car while following the suspects, who turned a corner, stopped their vehicle, and waited for him on North 30th Avenue just north of West Catalina Drive. As he turned the corner, the three suspects opened fire, striking him twice in the head, killing him. A citizen who witnessed the incident engaged the suspects in a gunfight with his own weapon, seriously wounding one. The other two suspects fled but were later arrested.

Officer Atkinson was a United States Marine Corps Operation Desert Storm veteran who served as a law enforcement officer for five years. He is survived by his wife and six-month-old child.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 5930
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Three suspects arrested

narcotics, ambushed

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On the eve of 25 years since your life was taken. I think about your son who is now 25. I think about our conversations about you wanting to go to motors. Your passing brought the Department together in so many ways. Your legacy continues with the school named in your honor and all of those who were in 800 that day. God Bless you, your son and wife, the man who came to your aid and your brothers and sisters in MVP and the Marine Corps. All gave some, some gave ALL

Chris Moore
Chief of Police
Palomar College Police Dept. CA
Phoenix Police Retired #5545

March 25, 2024

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