On Monday May 18, 2015, 33-year-old Jeffery Conlin hit an officer, Richard Martin with the Houston police department, with his vehicle. The following day, Conlin was pronounced dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to reporters.
Officer Richard Martin Fatally Wounded
At the time of the accident, police officers in Houston were attempting to make an arrest of Mr. Conlin, who was currently out on bond, despite being charged of three different felonies (drug charges, possession of a weapon, and possession of body armor). Conlin also had been convicted of theft charges in the past. When police officers attempted to apprehend Conlin, the latter initiated a police chase.
Officer Richard Martin was lying down spike strips—which are designed to puncture a suspect’s tires during a police chase, in order to bring the vehicle to a halt—when he was struck by Conlin’s vehicle. The Houston Police Chief, Charles McClelland, told reporters from Click2Houston.com that the department had every reason to believe that Conlin “intentionally struck” officer Martin. Tragically, officer Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Conlin Dies from Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound
The police officers involved in the chase eventually caught up to Conlin when he pulled over his vehicle. Then, officers reported hearing a gunshot. Upon approaching the vehicle, they learned that Conlin had shot himself in the head. He was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He was pronounced dead the following morning.
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