April 16, 2001 (PITTSBURGH) – The FBI plans to name its new Pittsburgh office after an agent from the area who was gunned down in Washington after she wounded her killer.
Jack Shea, the agent in charge in Pittsburgh, called Martha Dixon-Martinez “a very special person” as he made the announcement Sunday.
Dixon-Martinez joined the bureau in 1987 after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1994, she was working on a special cold case squad cooperating with Washington police when Bennie Lee Lawson Jr. smuggled an assault weapon into police headquarters. Lawson shot three law enforcement officers before killing himself.
Dixon-Martinez, although wounded, fired at Lawson, hitting him in the hand. The FBI honored her posthumously with the Medal for Bravery.
Her family has already honored her with the Martha Fund, which provides playgrounds for Allegheny County youngsters, and the annual Martha’s Run, which was held Sunday.