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Former co-workers remember fallen HPD officer

A few weeks before he was killed during a police chase, HPD Officer Richard Martin stopped by the office furniture supply company to chat with the people he had worked with for more than two decades.

HOUSTON—A few weeks before he was killed during a police chase, HPD Officer Richard Martin stopped by the office furniture supply company to chat with the people he had worked with for more than two decades.

"He said he was so happy he made that move and that it was the best thing he ever did," said Stephanie Walters. "He loved what he was doing."

Martin died doing what he loved when he was struck and killed Monday by a man fleeing from police.

The chase ended when suspect Jeffrey Conlin shot himself in the head.

The 33-year-old had spent years venturing in and out of jail for crimes like the illegal possession of drugs, weapons and even body armor.

But back where Martin once worked, the thoughts were of the good times and of the man who always found humor, even during that recent visit.

"He was laughing," said Walters. "He said no matter how much you modernize, it's always the same -- moving boxes from point A to point B."

Another co-worker was still dealing with the shock.

"My heart is heavy," said Mike Charleston. "Definitely heavy."

Martin quit his job at the supply company four years ago to join HPD.