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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I met Officer Martin the hard way in 1982 or 1983. I was northbound on highway 87 (about 10-15 miles north of his memorial) when I was introduced to him. All these years later, I remember the experience very well! He was without a doubt an absolute gentleman and a consummate professional!!
I travel this highway regularly and I think about this almost every time ( both going north & south as I pass his memorial.
Rest In Peace to a fine man!

Tony (just a citizen that remembers)

May 27, 2021

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