San Antonio police arrest 2nd suspect in the death of off-duty SAISD officer outside IHOP

Off-duty SAISD Detective Cliff Martinez was killed when he intervened in a fight

Alfredo Martinez is under arrest in connection to the death of SAISD officer Cliff Martinez.
Alfredo Martinez is under arrest in connection to the death of SAISD officer Cliff Martinez. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – Police continue to investigate the death of an off-duty San Antonio Independent School District officer who was run over Saturday outside a South Side IHOP.

Alfredo Martinez, 29, was booked on a capital murder charge Saturday night in the death of SAISD Detective Cliff Martinez, according to San Antonio police. He was taken into custody by the SAPD Street Crimes Unit. Police are also questioning a 21-year-old man who is considered a person of interest.

The suspected driver of the car was arrested earlier Saturday after witnesses saw him flee on foot, SAPD public information officer Douglas Greene said Saturday afternoon. Jorge Lopez, 23, was charged with capital murder.

Perp walk: Man accused of fatally running over off-duty SAISD officer taken to jail
Perp walk: Man accused of fatally running over off-duty SAISD officer taken to jail

Cliff Martinez, who was working as a security guard at the IHOP in the 700 block of Hot Wells Boulevard early Saturday, intervened in a fight in the parking lot.

Authorities say men assaulted the officer, got into a vehicle and ran him over on purpose. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jorge Lopez was transported to Public Safety Headquarters for questioning before he was arrested.

Cliff Martinez was a 28-year veteran with SAISD.

SAISD Detective Cliff Martinez was a 28-year veteran with SAISD.

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