Fort Worth officer fights for his life after trying to stop the crew, suspected of more than a dozen robberies

Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull is in critical condition Friday after being hit during a gunfight with a robbery suspect.

(Fox 4 News Fort Worth Police)

A veteran Texas police officer trying to stop a robbery crew suspected of conducting more than a dozen heists in the Fort Worth area, is “courageous fight for his life Friday after he was shot in the head.

Fort Worth police chief Joel Fitzgerald said Officer Garrett Hull, a 17-year veteran of the department, was struck Thursday evening in the neighborhood of Los Vaqueros in the sports bar. He said undercover units had “set up” one of the three suspects and interrupted a robbery that the crew was in the process of committing.

“Family members are with him and at his side. His friends and fellow officers here — his other family — are there to support him 110 percent,” Fitzgerald told reporters Friday at a hospital where Hull is listed as being in critical condition, according to the chief, “serious medical problems.”

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The police said that the suspects tried to flee, one of them opened fire and struck the Hull. Other officers, in response, fired back and killed a member of the crew.

Fort Worth police have arrested a female suspect at the scene and located a male suspect later during a search in the neighborhood. The two men were identified as Dacion Steptoe and Samuel Mayfield, and Fitzgerald said both were known to the authorities. The identity of the woman is not released yet.

The owner of the bar, Victor Zepeda, told CBS DFW that the two male suspects were wearing masks and burst through the building in front of the door, demanding wallets and cell phones from the customers inside.

“We were here and they just bum-rushed the bar, told us to hit the floor and had the guns out,” he said.

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The trio is believed to be behind at least 15 other robberies in the area of Fort Worth and the north Texas region, where three people have been shot, Fox 4 News reported.

Fitzgerald said Friday the number of robberies the crew is connected to could rise. He has also hailed the reaction of the officers at the scene Thursday.

“We had a number of phenomenal acts of courage, while the scene was still active, and by active I mean, they were still looking for offenders in that area,” Fitzgerald said. “And she picked up our officer, as I call the load-and-go. Do not wait for an ambulance to get there. They put him in the police car and worked on him, you know, in the car.”

Fitzgerald described Hull as the “rock” of the criminal intel unit, where he works and that he has a wife and two children.

No bystanders were reported injured during the incident and more than 100 officers have stopped in John Peter Smith Hospital to pray for Hull and his family, Fox 4 News reports.

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