Police Officer II Robert Joe Mata

Police Officer II Robert Joe Mata

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, September 19, 2000

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Robert Joe Mata

Officer Mata was killed in a single vehicle accident while he responded to backup another officer who was investigating a stolen vehicle.

During the response, Officer Mata lost control of his cruiser and struck a utility pole on the driver's side. Officer Mata's partner was injured in the accident and was freed by responding officers. Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to remove Officer Mata from the cruiser. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Mata had been employed with the Los Angeles Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, a recent graduate of the police academy, and his two young children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 32571

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

Back up for fellow officer(s), stolen vehicle

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Hi Bobby,

Just leaving a reflection and thinking back on our time working Southeast. You will never be forgotten. RIP my friend

Sergeant Jerretta Sandoz

May 29, 2022

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