Accused cop killer facing first degree murder charges

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Accused cop killer Danny Martinez. By Alicia Barron Accused cop killer Danny Martinez. By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - Police Chief Jack Harris and County Attorney Rick Romley announced first-degree murder and weapons charges have been filed against accused cop killer Danny Martinez.

Martinez, 30, is accused of murdering 29-year old Phoenix police officer Travis Murphy.  Officer Murphy, a five-year veteran of the force, was responding to a seemingly non-violent suspicious-person call when he was shot multiple times near 19th Avenue and Indian School Road early this morning.

Martinez spent three years in prison and was released in April of this year. He walked back into jail Wednesday wearing a hospital gown and bandages covering a wound from a police K-9. Martinez ignored questions from reporters as he was walked out of police headquarters to a patrol car that took him to the Fourth Avenue Jail.

City of Phoenix Public Safety Chief Jack Harris says the suspect was born in Tucson and has a criminal past including theft, driving while under the influence and drug and weapons charges.

Harris returned to Phoenix earlier today, cutting short a trip to Washington, D.C., so he could be with Officer Murphy's family.  Commenting on officer Murphy's death, Harris said, "“I really don't have any words to express the feelings of myself or of our department.

No funeral arrangements have been announced yet. Officer Murphy was the first Phoenix officer killed since December 2008.

An account in Officer Murphy's name has been set up, and you can make a donation at any Wells Fargo Bank location.