Chief Joel Fitzgerald of the Fort Worth Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Officer Garrett Hull.
Officer Hull, 40, was working a plainclothes assignment as a member of the department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit. He and ten other officers of the unit were maintaining a surveillance of three serial robbery suspects. They were suspected of committing 15 separate robberies in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The suspects charged into a local bar and robbed several patrons taking their wallets, money and cell phones. The suspects then fled the building.
Officers identified themselves and attempted to take the suspects into custody as they were attempting to enter a vehicle. Two of the suspects fled into the neighborhood streets on foot to continue their escape. One suspect turned toward the officers and fired. Hull was struck in the head by the suspect’s gunfire.
Other officers returned fire killing the suspect.
Hull was placed in a patrol vehicle and rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital where he remained in grave condition in the intensive care unit until he succumbed to his gunshot wound later in the evening.
The other two suspects were apprehended within hours of the shooting.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the sacrifices of men and women like Hull often go unnoticed until they give their lives in the line of duty.
“Garrett was truly a hero. I’ve enjoyed hearing people who worked with him talk about him as a rock, about [being] the glue that held his unit together,” the mayor said. “The sacrifices our officers make go unnoticed until we have a tragedy such as this. And the shock and the grief wake people up to the fact that many of our men and women serving don’t go home.”
The chief lauded heroism that occurred during the tragic event.
“I just can’t describe the incredible amount of courage that went on,” Fitzgerald said. “Not only interrupting this robbery but being able to extricate Officer Hull from the environment where there’s a shooting occurring.”
Furthermore, Fitzgerald noted that Garrett Hull was an organ donor, meaning that his commitment of service to others will not end with his death.
Garrett Hull served the Fort Worth Police Department for 17 years. Fitzgerald stated that Hull worked with the department from 1999 to 2009. He left the department and was hired again in 2011 and remained employed until his death.
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
His wife and two daughters survive him.
Officer Garrett Hull is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Friday, September 14, 2018.