About a dozen community and church leaders gathered at Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church to pray for the healing of a wounded officer and the city he nurtured.
Undercover officer Garrett Hull was critically injured during a surveillance operation that targeted three men who are suspected in several robberies.
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Hull was shot in the head early Friday during a gunfight with the suspects and was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital by his fellow officers.
“Whatever affects one of us directly or indirectly affects us all directly or indirectly,” pastor Kyev Tatum told the crowd.
The hastily called prayer service was held at 1 p.m. at Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church in south Fort Worth and attended by District 9 City Councilwoman Ann Zadeh, Interim Fire Chief Ken Stevenson and Assistant City Manager Valerie Washington.
One pastor who addressed the crowd, Howard McLean Sr. of Ebeneezer Missionary Baptist Church, said that God has the power to change things, and the power to make people want to do right and be right. Because evil is all around us, McLean said.
“God said not to worry about the wicked things because I will never put more on you than you can bear,” he said.
Tatum said those who gathered were praying for the Hull’s life, that he receive a swift and complete healing, and prayed that his family be comforted. Tatum also said that this was not a time to stay divided it was time for us to reconcile our differences.
“In this time of unreasonableness, when so many people are picking sides we need people who are reasonable,” Tatum said. “We are trying to lead through prayer and praying for humility and praying for comfort for Hull’s family because if something like this happened to someone in our family that is what we would want for us. “