Patrolman Justin Scott Martin

Patrolman Justin Scott Martin

Urbandale Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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Justin Scott Martin

Patrolman Justin Martin and Sergeant Anthony Beminio, of the Des Moines Police Department, were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol cars shortly after 1:00 am.

Patrolman Martin was sitting in his patrol car at the intersection of 70th Street and Aurora Avenue when a subject approached and opened fire without warning, shooting into the driver's side of the patrol car between 15 and 30 times. Nearby citizens called 911 to reports shots fired and responding officers located Patrolman Martin inside.

Additional officers from multiple agencies setup a perimeter in the area. Approximately 20 minutes later the same subject approached Sergeant Beminio's patrol car, approximately two miles from Patrolman Martin's murder, and ambushed him at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Sheridan Avenue. The man then fled the scene. At approximately 9:30 am he surrendered to law enforcement officers in Dallas County.

On May 19th, 2017, the subject was sentenced to two consecutive life terms after pleading guilty to both murders.

Patrolman Martin had served with the Urbandale Police Department for 15 months.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge 1140

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Officer Martin I never got to meet you but as a citizen of Des Moines, I wanted to let your family know they are still in my prayers. 5 years ago you made the ultimate sacrifice just for being a police officer. As the 3rd great granddaughter of a sheriff from Davis County Iowa, I have learned a lesson from many area law enforcement officers to always say thank you for your service and sacrifice. Your heart and spirit live on in the many other offices patrolling the streets here in Central Iowa.

Tonya LaFarr
Law Enforcement Supporter, Iowa

October 29, 2021

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