Police Officer Marc Todd Atkinson

Police Officer Marc Todd Atkinson

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, March 26, 1999

Marc Todd Atkinson

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 at 3000 N. 30th Street. 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, a law enforcement officer of five years and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, is survived by his wife and six-month-old child.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 5930

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Three suspects arrested

narcotics, ambushed

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I went to the IHOP we ate lunch at a week before we lost you, not too long ago with my cousin a retired DPS Trooper and Marine. I felt weird going in there. It had been 19 years. I said to my husband who worked with Rory then (small world), that this was where we had our last meal together. I looked up to you as a role model. Never forget 5930.

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