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Man Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound While Running Away from Police

2/10/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The man who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head while running away from police officers in a public housing area off of Claiborne Street has died. He is identified as Markquett Martin, 21, of Delk Avenue.

A resident flagged down a Hermitage Precinct community engagement officer to report that a man matching Martin’s description was armed with a gun (there had been reports of shots fired in that immediate area during the past few days). When two officers approached Martin to speak with him, he ran from them. The officers gave chase, during which Martin fell and dropped a gun. He picked it up and continued running. After making his way through a field, Martin’s gun discharged, possibly accidentally. No police officers fired their weapons or used any force.

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