Acting Chief Isaac Benjamin Martinez

Acting Chief Isaac Benjamin Martinez

Pueblo de San Ildefonso Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Sunday, April 10, 1994

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Isaac Benjamin Martinez

Acting Chief Isaac Martinez was shot and killed in New Mexico when he attempted to serve a warrant for a firearms violation.

He was a member of a 10-man SWAT team serving the warrant. The suspect immediately opened fire as the officers entered the home, striking Acting Chief Martinez seven times. The suspect was eventually apprehended but later acquitted on a trial defense of self-defense.

Acting Chief Martinez had served on several different agencies throughout his eight year career and had served as Acting Chief for only three weeks. He was survived by his son, parents, and three siblings.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1502

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Mexico
  • Weapon Rifle; SKS
  • Offender Acquitted

swat, warrant service

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Coming up on 25 years since you were taken from us. Not a day has gone by that I don't think about you. I still remember the last birthday of mine that you came to less than a month before this tragedy. I still have the card you gave me and it still makes me laugh every time I read it. I just turned 37 and can't believe I'm 4 years older than you were when you were called home. I've tried my best to be a man of honor and integrity like you and to make sure that the mistakes I made shortly after you died did not define me. I miss you uncle and will see you again when my time comes.

John Griego

March 26, 2019

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