Police Officer Joseph Preston Martin

Police Officer Joseph Preston Martin

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, April 27, 1990

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Joseph Preston Martin

Police Officer Joseph Martin was shot and killed after he stopped a suspicious vehicle at the intersection of NE 13th Avenue and NE 151st Street in North Miami Beach.

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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It still remains difficult to understand why we lost such a good man that horrific night 32 years ago. People often say about those killed in the line of duty that they were a good person, always had a smile on their face, would give you the shirt off their back. But with you, Joey, all of that was true and then some.

I hope and trust your kids know that you were a good Cop, and an even better man. And I hope they know we still think about you and miss you, because we do.

J. Estis
Police Officer, Retired
Miami Made Police Department

April 28, 2022

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