Police: Capital murder charges likely in Texas cop’s death

This undated photo from the Fort Worth Police Department shows Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull. Hull, sn undercover agent who was shot during a shootout between police and a group of suspects robbery outside a Fort Worth bar that a suspicious death has died, authorities said Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. ( Fort Worth Police department via AP)

HOUSTON – Two men arrested in the fatal shooting of a North Texas undercover police officer during a bar robbery expected to face capital murder charges, police said Saturday.

Samuel Mayfield and Timothy Huff remained trapped Saturday on bonds totaling $850,000 for each individual. Each suspect is charged with 10 counts of qualified theft and two counts of criminal attempt at capital murder.

The police said that Mayfield and Huff, both 33, and another suspect, Dacion Steptoe, 23, were confronted by the Officer of Garrett Hull and a team of undercover and uniformed officers after the trio robbed a Fort Worth Bar early Friday morning.

The 40-year-old agent was shot by Steptoe during a foot chase. The hull was taken to a hospital where he died late Friday night. Steptoe was killed by another officer, who returned fire.

Fort Worth police said Saturday that Hull’s death, authorities expect to upgrade the charges to which Huff and Mayfield.

Police say one of the attempted capital murder counts each and every human being faced is expected to be upgraded to capital murder. The remaining attempted capital murder charge related to an other officer who the police say was recorded by the suspects.

The jail records do not list attorneys for Huff and Mayfield.

The police said Mayfield, Huff and Steptoe are suspected in 17 robberies in and around Fort Worth in the past few months, and that they mainly targeted Latino bars.

The hull is remembered by the police and officials of the city as a brilliant officer and a great husband and father.

“Our entire department is the pain now,” said Fort Worth police chief Joel Fitzgerald.

The police chief said that Hull was an organ donor.

“In the coming days, candidates aligned with him, we shall see him, extends the lives of other people that potentially can live a long and prosperous life by the sacrifice that he has made,” Fitzgerald said.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price called the Hull of a hero who was “the glue that held his unit together.”

Hull, he is survived by his wife and two daughters, had served 17 years with the department.


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