Robert K. Martin

Robert K. Martin, 57

Residence: Chandler
Badge: 474
End of Watch: August 15, 1995

Officer Martin was shot to death during a traffic stop on the Beeline Highway about seven miles north of Shea Boulevard. With 27 years of service, Officer Martin had the most years of service among DPS, Arizona Highway Patrol officers killed in the line of duty.

His assailant, Ernesto Salgado Martinez, a 19 year old ex-convict from Globe, fled the scene and was captured two days later in California. Martinez was convicted of first degree murder, two counts of theft and two counts of misconduct.

Twenty-nine Arizona Highway Patrol/Department of Public Safety officers gave their lives in the line of duty. These brave heroes and their families are in the hearts and minds of all who worked with them, of those who follow in their footsteps and of the public whom they served.

Of the 29 deaths, eight were the result of murder, 17 were traffic related, two died in a helicopter crash, one died in a helicopter accident, and one killed when a train exploded.