POLICE Department

Male's Death at 12900 Southwest Freeway Ruled Suicide

September 28, 2016 - Autopsy results have determined a male suspect who fired shots at a Houston police officer during a vehicle pursuit died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a crash at 12900 Southwest Freeway about 3:30 a.m. on September 19.

The suspect, Marvin Wallace Martin III, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled his manner of death a suicide.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant K. Meek and Officer S. Overstreet reported:

A patrol officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a black Mazda 6 in the 2000 block of Travis when the driver (Martin) refused to stop and fled.  During the vehicle pursuit, Martin fired shots at the officer, who was not struck and did not discharge his weapon.  The suspect then drove at a high rate of speed southbound on the Southwest Freeway and exited at Kirkwood where his vehicle crashed into a power pole.  He was found with a gunshot wound, deceased in the vehicle.  A gun was recovered inside the car.

Investigators learned Martin was a suspect in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend two hours earlier in La Marque, Texas.

JFC/VHS   9-28-16
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