Officer Daniel C. Martinez

Officer Daniel C. Martinez

Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, March 23, 2007

Daniel C. Martinez

Officer Daniel Martinez was shot and killed while helping a mother retrieve her child from a residence.

Officer Martinez had responded to a call to help a mother get her child from a residence where she had a run in with her ex-boyfriend earlier in the day. The ex-boyfriend had been arrested and she had returned to pick up her child. She met the officer in the parking lot and they went to the front door and the brother of the man arrested earlier answered and told them to wait a minute, then shut the door. He returned with a 9 mm handgun and shot the police officer in the head, then shot the mother in the back, shoulder, and elbow as she fled. Officer Martinez was taken to Sparks Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooter fled from the home in a car and killed himself before Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers found him near Spiro, Oklahoma.

Officer Martinez had served for several years with the Poteau Police Department, Panama Police Department, Shady Point Police Department, and Wister Police Department, all of which are in Oklahoma. He joined the Fort Smith Police Department on July 3, 2006. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 23

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Danny although my thoughts are being posted here a day after the tenth year after your death, I can assure you that you are not forgotten. I think of you daily, sometimes several times a day You are a hero and I do mean a HERO ! You.undubtedly saved several lives the night you gave your life to protect and save the lives of the other innocent people at that house. I will undoubtedly regret for the rest of my life not getting to you quicker than I did ! I don't know if I had gotten there sooner if it would have made a difference, but Billy, who was driving right in front of me me and I promise you we we going as fast as possible but that wasn't fast enough ! You will never be forgotten and will always be a HERO ! Rest in peace my brother !

Sgt. Tom Robinson (Ret)
Fort Smith Police

March 25, 2017

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