Fort Worth Officer Garrett Hull had been on the Fort Worth Police Department for 17 years. During an investigation involving three robbery suspects, he was shot in the forehead by one of them. He died Friday night.
It is with profound sadness that we must inform you that Officer Garrett Hull passed away Friday at 9:40 p.m. He was with family, friends and fellow officers. Please continue to pray for his family and those that need it in this tragic time.#RIP #PoliceFamily
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) September 15, 2018
According to Blue Lives Matter, the incident occurred at around midnight early Friday morning. Undercover Officer Hull and the team with him were surveilling a group of three who were suspected for a series of robberies at Latino bars. The three went into the Vaquero Sports Bar in the Worth Heights area and proceeded to rob the customers. The suspects reportedly ran into the bar, told everyone to get down on the floor, and demanded everyone’s cell phones and wallets, then attempted to leave the bar. There were 10 patrons in the bar at the time of the robbery. As the suspects tried to flee, they were confronted by police.
“In their attempt to try to apprehend the three people that were robbing the bar, one of the people exchanged gunfire with my officers and that gunfire struck one of the officers in his forehead.” Fort Worth Chief of Police Joel Fitzgerald
An officer fatally shot the suspect who opened fire on Officer Hull. One officer immediately transported Garrett Hull to John Peter Smith Hospital, where after several hours of fighting for his life, he succumbed to the gunshot wound.
The other two suspects, a man and woman, were both apprehended. No one else in the bar was injured.
“Unfortunately, here we are again… Feeding into the collective hurt we’ve had recently in the last few years. I feel like I stand up here far too often and speak about… officers being assaulted, and officers doing their job to try to create this safe sense of community and cooperation and collaboration in the city of Fort Worth, and being victims of violent acts.” Chief Fitzgerald
Officer Hull leaves behind a wife and two daughters.