I drive down Beeline Highway at times and I always see the Bob Martin Memorial. Sitting on the west side of the Beeline Highway between Shea Blvd and Saguaro Lake turn off. I always wanted to stop but didn’t. So one day coming back from Four Peaks I decided to stop and pay my respects to the fallen officer.
Officer Martin, a 27-year veteran with the Department, was shot to death during a traffic stop on the Beeline Highway, about seven miles north of Shea Boulevard. 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 on Sept. 26, 1997 of one count of first-degree murder, two counts of theft and two counts of misconduct. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Aug. 18, 1998.
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August 15, 1995