Officer Robert K. Martin

Officer Robert K. Martin

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, August 15, 1995

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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 Arizona Department of Public Safety for 28 years. He was survived by his wife, father, six children, and one grandchild.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 474

Incident Details

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

traffic stop

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I am a medically retired Deputy out of San Diego. I was hit by a drunk driver in 2019. Now I am walking from San Diego, CA to Lubec, ME raising money for injured Law Enforcement Officers and for abused kids.

Seeing your memorial and the very beginning of my walk today moved me and motivated me. You and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Deputy Travis Johnson
San Diego County Sheriff's Office

March 29, 2022

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