Hero Down: SAISD Det. Cliff Martinez Murdered While Breaking Up Disturbance

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San Antonio ISDPD Detective Cliff Martinez was intentionally struck by a vehicle early Saturday morning.

San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Independent School District Police Department (ISDPD) Detective Cliff Martinez was murdered in the line of duty on Saturday, when he was intentionally struck by a vehicle while breaking up a fight.

The 50-year-old detective was working an off-duty security job at an IHOP restaurant in the 700-block of Hot Wells Road when a fight broke out inside the restaurant at approximately 3 a.m., KENS reported.

After Det. Martinez got the suspects out of the business, at least two of them attacked him, knocking him to the ground.

The suspects then jumped into a vehicle and intentionally ran over the injured detective, leaving him pinned beneath the car, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The suspects fled the scene on foot.

Det. Martinez, a 28-year veteran-of-the-force, was wearing his radio at the time of the assault, and managed to call for help, WOAI reported.

He died of his injuries at the scene, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The suspects responsible for the deadly attack have been identified as 29-year-old Alfredo Martinez and 23-year-old Jorge Lopez, KSAT reported.

Lopez was allegedly behind the wheel of the vehicle that ran over Det. Martinez.

Both have been arrested on capital murder charges.

"This was a case where people were anxious to provide officers with information when we arrived there and that led to the arrest of this suspect," San Antonio Police Officer Doug Green said, according to WOAI. “He was doing his due diligence, and unfortunately it cost him his life.”

An IHOP San Antonio spokesperson said that Det. Martinez had been employed as a security officer for the restaurant for many years, KSAT reported.

“The entire IHOP family joins the San Antonio community in mourning the tragic loss of Detective Cliff Martinez,” IHOP San Antonio franchisee Hakim Group said in a statement. “He will forever be remembered for his care and dedication to protecting others and our thoughts are with the Martinez family during this heartbreaking time.”

The company has also vowed to match up to $30,000 in donations made to a fundraising campaign established to help the family of the murdered detective.

The San Antonio Independent School District (ISD) said that Det. Martinez was a “highly-respected member” of the district’s police force.

"SAISD is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our Detective Cliff Martinez early this morning while working off-duty at an I-HOP,” the school district said, according to KENS. “He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time."

In addition to his 28 years of service with the ISDPD, Det. Martinez also previously served with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Antonio Independent School District Police Department Detective Cliff Martinez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Detective Cliff Martinez, your life mattered.

Comments (14)
SheepDawg
SheepDawg

RIP Sir.

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Hi-estComonDeNomn
Hi-estComonDeNomn

RIP sir

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP Detective Martinez! Prayers to your family and friends as this war on LE continues. 💙👮‍♂️🙏

As for Alfredo Martinez and Jorge Lopez, you are nothing but a pair of scumbags. A waste of oxygen and should be euthanized like the rabid dogs you are! That would be real justice!!

Njaz
Njaz

Monsters ! How could a human being do this to another?!! I guess they gave up humanity long before this incident. Prayers for the family of this brave officer. RIP Sir. 🇺🇸😢

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

Justify1
Justify1

RIP Det. Martinez! Now let me send a message to all the dirtbags that have no respect for others lives. This policeman chose to respect your lives when some of us would have just shot you and been done with it. Although not a Policemen but having concealed carry I would have just shot you both and Ben done with your sorry asses. Just realize there are those of us that won’t put up with your sorry murdering asses. One 45 cal hollow point to center chest tells me you want be testifying or suing me in court. Your love ones will be the ones that suffer, not me!

gfc1963
gfc1963

More of HCD's cousins. Quelle surprise!

5072131489
5072131489

I really feel sorry for the family the officer and himself and I asked why didn't somebody from IHOP help him and the suspects should get public hanging now. No trial

Raymelson
Raymelson

R,I,P BROTHER

DR226
DR226

Condolences to Detective Martinezes families both blood and blue.😢

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

I think they should be taken to the US Mexican border at McAllen and hung with a sign. This is the end of illegal activity if you cross into AMERICA without papers.


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