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Fort Worth police chief applied, interviewed for Baltimore job, mayor says

Chief Joel Fitzgerald announces death of Officer Garrett Hull

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald announces the death of Officer Garrett Hull at a hastily-arranged press conference at John Peter Smith Hospital on Friday night near midnight. Hull was shot by a robbery suspect early Friday morning.
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Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald announces the death of Officer Garrett Hull at a hastily-arranged press conference at John Peter Smith Hospital on Friday night near midnight. Hull was shot by a robbery suspect early Friday morning.

While Fort Worth police and the mayor’s office say Chief Joel Fitzgerald hasn’t accepted a new position yet, the mayor’s office confirmed that he applied and interviewed for the open police commissioner job in Baltimore.

“That was what Chief Fitzgerald told Mayor (Betsy) Price via phone yesterday afternoon,” Price secretary Laken Rapier said Saturday morning.

“He told her he’d interviewed for it but didn’t say whether he’d made a decision,” Rapier said.

On Friday, the mayor’s office said that Fitzgerald had not said he was leaving and had not submitted a letter of resignation.

Unnamed sources told Star-Telegram media partner WFAA that Fitzgerald was likely to leave and take the Baltimore job.

Fitzgerald has not responded to requests for comment.

Saturday marked his third anniversary as the chief of Fort Worth police. He’s originally from Philadelphia.

The mayor’s office in Baltimore has not commented on whether Fitzgerald is being considered for police commissioner.

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Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said Officer Garrett Hull was part of a unit investigating a ring responsible for a string of violent robberies since at least June. Candi Bolden Star-Telegram

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Officials arrested a man on charges of solicitation of a minor after a joint law enforcement operation.

North Texas residents toughed out intense rain showers to gather across the street from Greenwood Cemetery, where officer Garrett Hull was buried Friday afternoon.

An officer from Massachusetts and one from Colorado travel to Fort Worth for the funeral of officer Garrett Hull.

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