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 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

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My sister was involved in a very serious car accident in April of 1994 along the BeeLine highway... My young nephew and niece were also in vehicle which was hit head on by a pickup truck by a man who had suffered a heart attack. It was a devastating accident and luckily Officer Martin was on the scene, he acted quickly and called in helicopters to bring my family members to the hospital. Without any doubt, Officer Martin saved my sister's life and I could never thank him enough. God bless you Sir...

Christian Wall

September 2, 2020

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