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Suspects in shooting death of Fort Worth cop now facing capital murder charges

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.

The two surviving suspects in the Friday shooting of a Fort Worth undercover police officer now face charges of capital murder, police said Saturday.

Garrett Hull, a 17-year veteran described as the “cement” of his robbery unit, died Friday night after being shot early Friday morning as he tried to apprehend three robbery suspects.

Police shot and killed Dacion Steptoe, 23, during the incident. He died in the driveway of a house in the 3500 block of May Street, about a block away from the Los Vaqueros bar he and two other suspects robbed, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner and police.

Neither of the suspects who survived, 23-year-old Samuel Mayfield and 33-year-old Timothy Huff, are believed to have fired a weapon during the confrontation, police said.

Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said Mayfield had active warrants for assault causing bodily injury, possession of marijuana and theft when he was arrested.

Mayfield also faces charges of 10 counts of aggravated robbery, because there were 10 patrons in the bar, and one count of attempted capital murder, because another officer was near Hull when Steptoe opened fire, police said.

Huff is also facing 10 counts of aggravated robbery and one count of attempted capital murder.

Jail records did not indicate where the suspects were from or whether bond has been set.

“We’ve lost a true hero, someone that has dedicated more than one tour of service to this great city and was senselessly killed by three known criminals, two of which are in custody now,” Fitzgerald said in a news conference late Friday night.

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74

A small gather of community and faith leaders gathered to pray for a swift and complete recovery for a wounded Fort Worth undercover officer. Garrett Hull was being treated at John Peter Smith Hospital on Friday for a head wound.

Abilene Fernandez said she was in her house just after midnight when an unknown man started banging on her door. Across the street, Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull had been shot.

Star-Telegram's Stephen English shows the view outside the hospital where Garrett Hull, an undercover Fort Worth police officer, is staying after being shot.

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