FORT WORTH, Texas – A shootout between the police and the group of suspects robbery outside a Fort Worth bar early Friday left a suspect dead and an undercover cop is fighting for his life, authorities said.
The undercover agent, Garrett Hull, was in critical condition in a hospital, Fort Worth police chief Joel Fitzgerald said at a press conference. The suspect who was killed, Dacion Steptoe, was the one who shot the Trunk after Steptoe and two accomplices left a bar, they had just robbed, the chief said.
The two other suspects were arrested, and none of the 10 people in the bar were hurt.
During an earlier press conference, Fitzgerald said Hull was part of a team that was trailing the suspects and rushed to the bar when officers discovered was robbed. But he later clarified that the officials, wary for danger to bystanders, waited for the three suspects outside the bar before they are faced with.
Fellow officers rushed Fuselage to the hospital in a squad car instead of waiting on an ambulance.
Mayor Betsy Price said Hull was “in the fight of his life.”
Fitzgerald said the crew is suspected in 17 robberies in and around Fort Worth in the past few months, and that they mainly targeted Latino bars. He said that the crew shot someone in the head during a recent robbery.
The chief has not yet released the name of one of the suspects, but he said that all three have long criminal records. The surviving suspect of the police did not identify, Samuel Mayfield, was wanted on warrants for theft, assault, and drug possession.
“You had robbery suspects who tried to comingle with the crowd,” Fitzgerald said, speaking of the people in the bar who ran out of the building to escape the gunfire.
He said Hull, who has a wife and two daughters, is well-liked in the department and is a “rock” of the police unit charged with the detection of perpetrators.
“I feel as if I’m here much too often and to talk about the officers attacked and officials do their work and try to create a safe sense of community and cooperation and collaboration in the city of Fort Worth and the victim of violence,” he said at the first press conference.