A Fort Worth officer who was shot in the head is currently in the intensive care unit in critical condition after a shooting that followed an armed robbery early Friday morning, police said.
Chief Joel Fitzgerald confirmed at a press conference that the officer was shot in the head and is fighting for his life at John Peter Smith Hospital.
The 18-year veteran was identified as Garrett Hull by his family and they provided a picture of him.
About 50 officers were dispatched to a robbery call about midnight at Vaquero Sports Bar at 403 W. Biddison St., Sgt. Chris Britt said.
Officers had been conducting surveillance on three individuals when the individuals went into the sports bar and conducted a robbery, Britt said.
They left the bar and officers confronted the individuals in the 3500 block of May Street and the individuals fled on foot, Britt said. One of the individuals had a weapon and fired at officers, Britt said.
Officers returned fire, killing the shooter at the scene. The second individual, who was a woman, was arrested, Britt said. The third individual fled into the neighborhood and officers located and arrested them, Britt said.
The injured officer was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital.
At a press conference, Chief Joel Fitzgerald said the officers, some undercover and others uniformed, had the suspected robbers under surveillance and knew the location that was being robbed had people inside of it.
"The officers made the decision to try to rescue this group [of bystanders] knowing this group had been increasingly violent," Fitzgerald said. "If they're willing to... rob people to the extent where three people have been shot, then they have a very slim regard for not only any citizen out there but a police officer.
Mayor Betsy Price was also at the hospital and reminded the public that officers "fight for us so that we can go to work and go to sleep safely."
"We have one of Fort Worths finest in the fight of his life and all I ask is citizens of this region hold this officer and family and in their thoughts and prayers," Price said.