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. 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.

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.

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.

Bio

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

Incident Details

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

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It’s been a long time coming. Martin and I served in the U.S. Marine Corps unit at El Toro. He was hired by Manhattan Beach and I was hired by a police department in Orange County. I remember his whit and his eagerness to be a law enforcement officer. Every time I’m in Manhattan Beach or that stretch of the 405, you come to mind. RIP, brother

Master Officer Vladimir Anderson
U.S. Marines (MPs) & Newport Beach P.D.

February 13, 2020

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