Sergeant Alejandro "Alex" Martinez
Willacy County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, November 21, 2014
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: November 21, 2014
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Larry Spence
Willacy County Sheriff’s Office
1371 Industrial Drive Drive
Raymondville, TX 78580
Phone: (956) 689-5576
Sergeant Alex Martinez was killed in a single vehicle crash near the intersection of FM 490 and FM 1425, southwest of Raymondville, at approximately 2:00 pm.
His Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicle overturned several times and came to rest in a nearby field. He suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
Sergeant Martinez had served with the Willacy County Sheriff’s Office for 11 months and had previously served as the chief of the Raymondville Police Department.
RAYMONDVILLE — Alex Martinez, a Willacy County sheriff’s deputy who formerly served as a Raymondville police chief, died Friday after he lost control of his patrol car, which flipped into a field, Sheriff Larry Spence said Friday afternoon.
Martinez, 52, of Raymondville, who had served as Raymondville’s police chief from 1999 to 2004, died at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Spence said.
Spence said witnesses saw Martinez’s patrol car lose control as he traveled eastbound on FM 490 near FM 1425.
“The car flipped and ended up in a field,” Spence said.
Spence said Martinez was wearing a seatbelt.
“We had to cut him out of the car,” Spence said.
Spence said Martinez, who had been coughing, shared a Thanksgiving meal with co-workers before he drove home to pick up medication.
Martinez was returning to work when he lost control of his patrol car, Spence said.
Spence said the Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the case.
An autopsy was ordered, Spence said.
Martinez took his job with the department in January after a law enforcement career that included work with the Weslaco Police Department and the state prison in Raymondville, Spence said.
Martinez resigned as Raymondville’s police chief in April 2004.