Officer Martin L. Ganz

Officer Martin L. Ganz

Manhattan Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, December 27, 1993

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Martin L. Ganz

Officer Martin Ganz was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Manhattan Village Mall on Sepulveda Boulevard and Marine Avenue at 11:15 pm.

As he was outside of the patrol car, the driver of the other car exited and started firing at him. Officer Ganz tried to take cover behind his vehicle but was shot numerous times. Officer Ganz's 12-year-old nephew was on a ride along with him and the suspect attempted to shoot at him, but his gun misfired and the boy was not harmed.

The suspect was arrested approximately eight months later in connection with another murder in Oregon. The suspect was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the Oregon murder. In December 1998, the suspect was sentenced to death for the murder of Officer Ganz.

Officer Ganz was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Manhattan Beach Police Department for five years. He was survived by his fiancee, mother, and five sisters.

On the 12th anniversary of Officer Ganz's murder, a section of the I-405 between Hawthorne Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue was renamed the Martin L. Ganz Memorial Highway.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 226
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

ambush, traffic stop

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Officer Ganz served heroically to make Manhattan Beach and the surrounding communities a safer place. His sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice, is not in vain and will never be forgotten. Today Manhattan Beach lost another hero, Motor Officer Chad Swanson was struck and killed on his way to work riding his police motor. My brother, Officer Thomas B. Worley EOW 12/21/94 gave his life about one year after Officer Ganz and we attended many of the same regional and state memorials around that time. My prayers go out to their families, and my own. God bless.

Charley Worley
Brother of Officer Thomas B. Worley

October 5, 2023

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