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05-19-2015, 07:18 PM
The man accused of killing a Houston police officer early Monday morning has died, according to HPD.

Police said Jeffery Conlin, 33, died Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is accused of running over and killing Richard Martin as the officer put out spike strips trying to stop a high-speed chase in the Memorial area.

Conlin is believed to have been fleeing police in northwest Houston and allegedly swerved to hit Martin, killing him.

Martin, a 47-year-old father of two, had been on the force four years and worked in the Westside Patrol Division.

When police began pursuing Conlin, he was driving a stolen U-Haul truck. He then used a gun to carjack a Houston Chronicle paper carrier who was driving to work in the early morning hours. After he took her minivan, Conlin struck and killed Martin.

Conlin finally stopped near Little York and the North Freeway. Police heard a single gunshot. Inside the minivan, Conlin was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Chron (http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Man-accused-in-death-of-HPD-officer-dies-6273506.php?cmpid=bna&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=breaking_news&utm_campaign=20150519_BN4354654655665)