Patrolman Guadalupe J. Martinez

Patrolman Guadalupe J. Martinez

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 4, 1970

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Guadalupe J. Martinez

Patrolman Guadalupe Martinez was shot and killed while he and his partner attempted to talk an elderly man into dropping his gun. The suspect was standing on his front porch when he suddenly raised the weapon and shot Patrolman Martinez. His partner returned fire and killed the suspect.

Patrolman Martinez had been with the agency for one year.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 393

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was only 15 years old and still remember coming to my Grandmothers house with police cars all over the place. That’s when I was told the bad news of my Uncle, Patrolman Guadalupe Martinez, being killed in the line of duty. Because I was young and we had never had a death in our family it was hard for me to comprehend what had actually happened. I never realized I would never see my Uncle again. I was very fortunate to have some memories of spending some time with him. After turning 18 years old I served 21 years in the US Army Military Police Corps and presently in my 25th year as a Police Officer for the Lawton Police Department, Lawton, Oklahoma. In my patrol car I carry a card that has a list of all the San Antonio police officers that have died in the line of duty. It’s my way of remembering and honoring my Uncle and knowing he’s with me when I’m out on patrol.

Jesse C. Martinez

September 24, 2019

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