Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 5930
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 26, 1999
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Three suspects arrested
Officer Marc Atkinson was shot and killed after being ambushed by suspected drug traffickers.
Officer Atkinson was driving a marked patrol car while following the suspects, who turned a corner, stopped their vehicle, and waited for him. As he turned the corner, the three suspects opened fire, striking him twice in the head, killing him. A citizen who witnessed the incident engaged the suspects in a gunfight with his own weapon, seriously wounding one. The other two suspects fled but were later arrested.
Officer Atkinson is survived by his wife and six-month-old child.