Police Officer Joseph Preston Martin

Police Officer Joseph Preston Martin

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, April 27, 1990

Joseph Preston Martin

Police Officer Joseph Martin was shot and killed after he stopped a suspicious vehicle.

The vehicle was a stolen vehicle and was occupied by three men who had been on a crime spree of burglaries and robberies. As Officer Martin approached the vehicle the passenger exited and opened fire, striking him in the throat. Although mortally wounded, Officer Martin was able to return fire and wounded the suspect in the shoulder.

All three suspects fled but were eventually apprehended. The accomplices were sentenced to 30 years and life in prison, respectively. The shooter was sentenced to death.

Officer Martin is survived by his wife, two children, father, and mother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2899

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Terrible day for your family, department and the entire police world, Officer Martin. A young man with a loving wife and children who can forever be proud of your decency, honesty and integrity. What happened to you in North Miami Beach, Florida, a city seemingly under siege with violence and crime. I've been here over fifty years. Rest in peace Officer Martin. Dade County was in very capable hands when you served and protected our quality of life and our peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2017

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