Officer Robert K. Martin

Officer Robert K. Martin

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, August 15, 1995

Robert K. Martin

Officer Robert Martin was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on the Beeline Highway near Fountain Hills, Arizona.

After murdering Officer Martin the suspect stole his service weapon and fled to California. He then used the service weapon to murder a convenience store clerk. The subject was apprehended several days later. He was convicted of first degree murder for murdering Officer Martin and sentenced to death.

On December 3rd, 2017, he was also convicted of murdering the convenience store clerk in California.

Officer Martin had been with the agency for 28 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 474

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

traffic stop

Most Recent Reflection

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I just wanted to say, Officer Martin, while justice was slow, it still moves. December 3rd, 2017, your killer was convicted of killing the innocent store clerk in Blythe. It was 22 years ago, but I remember that day and being where he was caught and helping to recover your Sig Sauer, hidden under a mattress in the trailer. I'm sorry sir, it took so long, but I'm thankful your killer was held accountable for your death and the death of another innocent man. Rest sir in peace knowing justice, while delayed has triumphed.

Sr. DA Investigator II T.R. Gleeson
Riverside Co DA Investigations - Indio

December 5, 2017

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