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Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald along with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and several members of the Fort Worth Police Department announced the news just after midnight Saturday morning — just about 24 hours after Hull was shot during a confrontation with a group of armed robbery suspects.
“I regret that I have to speak to you all this evening,” began Fitzgerald. “I am even more dismayed by the fact that I have to announce that at 21:40 hours Police Officer Garrett Hull passed away. We’ve lost a true hero; someone who has dedicated more than one tour of service to this great city and was senselessly killed by three known criminals — two of which are in custody now.”
According to police, officers had a group of suspects under surveillance early Friday morning at the bar when the suspects actually committed a robbery.
When the suspects ran out of the bar uniformed officers were waiting, and helped the undercover officers stop the robbers as they tried to get into an SUV. It was then that one of the suspects, opened fire. Officer Hull was shot in the head and other officers returned fire, shooting and killing the alleged gunman.
Fitzgerald said that Hull was an organ donor. “We will see him prolong the life of other folks that potentially could live a long and prosperous life because of the sacrifice that he made.”
Price said Hull was a hero, a brilliant officer, a great husband and father. “I’ve enjoyed — today — hearing those that worked with him talk about him as the rock — talk about him as the glue — that held his unit together.”
“I would encourage those of you out there to not take for granted — to stop today — whether you are going to your child’s soccer, to the grocery store, wherever you might be going to work today,” Price continued. “Stop and think about our first responders, our police officers. ... Please take the time to continue to pray for this family and for these officers who stand with us. They will feel it and we will be a stronger city for your thoughts and your prayers.”
Officer Hull had 17 years of service with the Fort Worth Police Department and was in law enforcement for 19 years. His fellow officers described him as a man of strong character who is well loved.
Hundreds of police officers, from across the region, made their way to JPS Hospital Friday to support the Hull family and members of the Fort Worth Police Department.
Source: CBS DFW
Rest In Peace brother and thoughts & prayers to Hull's loved ones and FWPD
RIP Brother, we'll take it from here. I wish we were back in the day when crap like this wasn't tolerated, at any level. You killed a cop and you forfeited your life as well.
Amen brother D (and FWPD did kill gunman during exchange but came at a major cost). Stay safe out there
Yeah, I know that jackwagon got his, but I was really referring to the many who don't get theirs. So to speak. haha.