Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull died Friday after being shot during a gunbattle with armed robbery suspects.
(Fox 4 News Fort Worth Police)
A Fort Worth, Texas, police officer died on Friday, less than 24 hours after he was shot in the head after a confrontation with a group of armed robbery suspects.
Officer Garrett Hull, a 17-year veteran of the department, died from his injuries just after 9:40 pm-CT, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“We have lost a true hero,” Fort Worth police chief Joel Fitzgerald said at a press conference. “Someone who has dedicated more than one journey from the service to this great city and was senselessly killed by three well-known criminals — of which two are in custody.”
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Hull, 40, and 10 other officers were conducting surveillance Thursday night on three men suspected of at least 15 thefts of mainly Latino bars in the Fort Worth area, when the group is an actual attack on the Los Vaqueros Bar.
The agents confronted the suspects as they fled the bar. One of the suspects by the police as Dacion Steptoe, then opened fire. The fuselage was hit in the head and Steptoe was killed when one of the other officers returned fire.
The trunk was rushed to a hospital where officials in the region gathered to support his family, KVTV-TV Laredo, Texas, reported.
The officer is survived by his wife and two daughters, the Morning News reported.
Dacion Steptoe, left, was killed by the police, while suspects, Timothy Huff, center, and Samuel Mayfield were held, the authorities say.
(Tarrant County Jail)
It was unclear how many shots were fired. The other two suspects tried to flee, but were arrested shortly after.
Los Vaqueros Bar owner Victor Zepeda told KXAS-TV said that there are more than a dozen people hang out at the bar when two men wearing masks burst in and demanded that customers hand their wallets and mobile phones,
Surveillance video shows one of the robbers pistol-whipping a male user.
In a statement, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price called the police heroes.
“We take for granted that we are protected by these men and women in uniform, who from the community every day to fight against the criminals who took Officer Hull’s life,” her statement read.