Police Officer Richard Martin
Houston Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Monday, May 18, 2015
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 5413
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: May 18, 2015
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Agency Contact Information
Chief Charles McClelland Jr.
Houston Police Department
1200 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 884-3131
Officer Richard Martin was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle as he set up spike strips at the intersection of N Kirkwood Road and St. Mary’s Lane during a vehicle pursuit at approximately 2:30 am.
Officers from the Houston Police Department were pursing the U-Haul van after it had been carjacked in North Houston. The driver of the vehicle fired several shots at officers during the pursuit before bailing out, carjacking a second vehicle, and fleeing again. Officer Martin was in the process of deploying spike strips when the driver intentionally struck him with the stolen vehicle.
The vehicle continued to flee until stopping on the 45 North Freeway. The subject attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself as officers initiated a felony traffic stop. The man was taken into custody suffering a non-fatal gunshot wound.
Officer Martin had served with the Houston Police Department for four years. He is survived by his two children.
A Houston police officer setting up spike strips to slow a carjacker was struck and killed by the suspect, who eventually stopped and shot himself, police said Monday.
Officer Richard Wright, 47, died at the scene along N. Kirkwood when he was hit about 3 a.m., police said. The high-speed chase continued until the suspect, driving a minivan, slowed and shot himself and was hospitalized, Chief Charles MCClelland said.
“We have every belief to indicate to us the suspect intentionally struck and killed Officer Martin,” McClelland said at a somber, predawn news conference.
The suspect has not been identified and his condition is unknown.
Cops started trailing the man after he knocked off a convenience store along Highway 290 in Houston. The suspect hopped in a U-Haul truck and took off, leading cops on a chase during which there was an “exchange of gunfire.”
Later during the chase, the suspect stopped the truck and carjacked a minivan at gunpoint, shoving out the driver, who was hospitalized with minor injuries, the chief said.
The chase ended with Martin, a father of two and four-year veteran of the force, struck dead and the suspect hospitalized after the suicide attempt.