Houston Police Department
Investigation into Apparent Suicide of Murder Suspect at 727 West 27th Street

February 13, 2012 - Houston police are investigating the apparent suicide of a wanted murder suspect at 727 West 27th Street about 2:40 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 11).

The suspect, Diego Martinez (H/m, DOB: 2-13-69), suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and died at the scene.  Martinez was charged with murder in the 262nd State District Court for the killing of his wife, Martha Nava De Martinez, 40, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound and died at the scene, and Omar Salazar, 31, who was transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital where he later died.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Howard, E. Cisneros and Officer R. Lujan reported:

On Friday (Feb. 10), HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at 7307 Yellow Pine  and found both shooting victims lying in the driveway.  At that time, both were believed to have been shot by suspect Diego Martinez, who fled the scene in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck.

A preliminary investigation developed information that led investigators to a residence at 727 West 27th Street, where Martinez was believed to be staying.  Further investigation determined Martinez was barricaded inside the residence and was believed to be armed.  The HPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team responded to the scene and immediately set up a perimeter around the residence.  As the HPD Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) attempted to make contact with Martinez, a single gunshot was heard from inside the residence.  SWAT officers then made entry to the residence and found Martinez deceased.  Two loaded handguns were recovered at the scene.

The investigation is continuing.

VHS/KJS  2-13-12

Inc. #017980812

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