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January 2020 Blues Vol 36 No 1

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OFFICERS DOWN Another Officer Tragically Killed in San Antonio A 28-year veteran with the San Antonio Independent School District Police Department was killed early ON December 21, 2019 as he attempted to break up a fight between two men while working security for a Southeast Side restaurant, according to San Antonio police. At about 3:43 a.m., officers responded to the IHOP on the 700 block of Hot Wells Boulevard over reports of a fight. When they arrived they discovered an off-duty SAISD officer, Detective Cliff Martinez, 50, lying in the parking lot, having been run over by a vehicle, according to said Sgt. Michelle Ramos. Witnesses told police a fight broke out inside the restaurant that spilled out into the parking lot. Ramos explained that the officer and another unidentified “Good Samaritan” intervened and attempted to end the fight. “We believe that the SAISD officer was assaulted while he was outside in the parking lot,” Ramos said. “At which time a vehicle ran over the SAISD offi- cer.” She said Martinez was pinned beneath the vehicle when officers arrived and that police believe he was intentionally targeted by the vehicle’s occupants, who then fled on foot and are currently on the loose. The officer died at the scene, Ramos said. Police say two other people were detained in connection to the incident and are being questioned by homicide detectives. The suspects who fled were in their mid-to-late 20s. One was wearing a red hoodie with black jeans, according to police. In a news release, officials with the school district are mourning the death of Martinez who they say was a highly respected member of the force and who will be greatly missed. According to Martinez’s father, Albert J. Martinez, his son would have turned 51 on Dec. 31. UPDATE: Jorge Lopez, 23, has been arrested in connection with the death of a San Antonio ISD police officer and is being charged with capital murder. Officer Doug Greene, a spokesman for SAPD, said Lopez was arrested shortly after the incident without difficulty. Greene said police believe Lopez was driving the vehicle that ran over Detective Cliff Martinez while he was off duty working security at the IHOP. REPRINTED FROM MYSANANTONIO.COM Pierce County, WA. Deputy Killed in Vehicle Crash A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was killed December 21, when his patrol car crashed early Saturday while rushing to help other deputies who were fighting with a domestic-violence suspect at a home south of Tacoma, the sheriff’s department reported. “In great sadness we report that Deputy Cooper Dyson was killed in a collision while on duty, as he rushed to aid fellow deputies who were being assaulted by a domestic violence suspect,” the department announced in a tweet. Around 3 a.m., deputies responded to a 911 call that a 6-year-old disabled child had been assaulted by a 22-yearold man inside a home on 113th Street South in Parkland, according to Sgt. Ed Troyer, the department’s spokesman. The 911 caller also reported multiple weapons in the home, Troyer said. One minute after the two deputies arrived, they radioed for “priority backup,” saying the suspect was attacking them, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. “Deputy Dyson was the first deputy to respond to assist,” the Facebook post said. As Dyson was racing to the scene, the other deputies “continued to report that the suspect was actively fighting them and they believed he was trying to access a shotgun in the house.” Dyson, 25, was headed west on 112th Street East “at a high rate of speed” when his car left the road, Troyer said. The car rolled multiple times and burst into flames, Troyer said. At 3:10 a.m., a passerby called 911 to report that a sheriff’s vehicle had crashed into a commercial building. Deputies responded and found Dyson dead, Troyer said. No one else was hurt. “He was on a straightaway and there were no other cars on the road,” Troyer said. “But it was really pouring down rain and there was a lot of water on the roadway. It’s very possible that (water) was a contributing factor.” Dyson joined the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department last year, the department said. He was married with a 2-year-old son. His wife is expecting a girl in two to three weeks, 58 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE 59

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