Chief Charles McClelland Jr. of the Houston Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Officer Richard Martin.
Officer Martin, 47, was assisting other officers in an attempt to end a vehicle pursuit that resulted from a carjacking. Officers were pursuing a U-Haul truck that had been stolen in a carjacking immediately outside the scene of a robbery.
During the pursuit, the suspect had fired several shots at officers while fleeing. Also during the car chase, the suspect saw an opportunity obtain a less conspicuous vehicle to escape capture. The suspect abandoned the highly visible U-Haul truck and then carjacked another citizen to continue his flight. This vehicle was a minivan, however the owner was still inside. A short distance later, the owner was pushed out of the van and the suspect continued to flee.
Officer Martin was in the process of laying down spike strips to end the pursuit when the suspect swerved toward Officer Martin, intentionally striking him with the minivan. Officer Martin was thrown into the air due to the impact and landed in the roadway. He died at the scene.
The pursuit continued onto the freeway where the suspect realized that he could not avoid capture and suddenly stopped the van. As Officers were securing the perimeter area around the vehicle, a single gunshot was heard coming from within the vehicle.
SWAT team officers approached the van and removed the suspect from the vehicle. It appeared that the suspect attempted to commit suicide as he was suffering from a single gunshot wound. The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.
Officer Martin was a four year veteran of the Houston Police Department and is survived by two children; a 22 year old daughter and an 11 year old son.
Officer Richard Martin-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, May 18, 2015.
Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow
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