Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-5-18

BSO Case Number: 07-1905-001292

Date: May 15, 2019

Time: 7:12 a.m.

Jurisdiction: Tamarac

Place of Occurrence: 7907 Catalina Circle, Tamarac

Victim(s):Rosa Hilda Martinez, 44, 6/24/74, female, 7907 Catalina Circle, Tamarac (DECEASED)

Suspect(s): Ronny Santana Rodriguez, 43, 6/21/75, male, current address not known (DECEASED)     

Description of Incident:

A man kills his ex-girlfriend then is shot and killed when he comes into contact with deputies Wednesday morning in Tamarac.

Shortly after 7 a.m., Regional Communications received a 911 call in reference to a domestic disturbance at 7907 Catalina Circle. The caller advised that a woman was yelling for help.

Prior to the deputies’ arrival, one of the children called the victim’s current boyfriend. When he arrived, he got into a physical altercation with the suspect. The current boyfriend was stabbed. He was able to retreat, safely get the children and grandmother out of the home and wait for deputies to arrive.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded, and at some point they encountered a man, later identified as Ronny Santana Rodriguez, with a knife inside the residence. A Taser was deployed, and deadly force was used. The murder suspect was transported by BSO air rescue to Broward Health Medical Center where investigators said he died at approximately 8:35 a.m.

The victim, Rosa Hilda Martinez, who lived in the Catalina Lakes townhome with her three children and mother, died at the scene. Fortunately, the rest of the family was not injured. 

No deputies were injured. Per BSO policy, the veteran sergeant who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative assignment.

BSO homicide detectives are investigating the murder, and FDLE is investigating the deputy-involved shooting.

Homicide Det. John Curcio, CID
Major Robert Schnakenberg, Investigations 


Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO
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