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Patrolman Hollie Lamar Tull | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Patrolman

Hollie Lamar Tull

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, September 14, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Patrolman Hollie Tull was shot and killed after stopping two men who had just committed a bank robbery and the murder of three hostages. During the traffic stop Patrolman Tull was struck by two shotgun blasts.

Despite being severely wounded, Patrolman Tull was able to return to his patrol car to retrieve his shotgun and alert other officers of his location. The suspects followed him to the vehicle and he continued to struggle with them before being shot several more times with a .32 caliber handgun.

The suspects were AWOL soldiers from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, when the murder occured. Both were captured, convicted and sentenced to death. Their death sentences were later reduced to life in prison and both are still in custody.

He had served with the agency for 14 years and was assigned to Temple.

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Hollie and my Dad (George Edwin Tull) were first cousins and I was just shy of my 10th birthday when this happened so I don't remember a lot about it. But I do recall the endless line of law enforcement cars on the day of the funeral and all the respect that was shown for him and for the great job he did and the respect he earned as a law enforcement officer by fellow officers and friends and acquaintances over the years. This was definitely one of the deciding factors that led me into law enforcement as a career and am proud to say I have dedicated almost 30 years to law enforcement due in part to Hollie!

Investigator Stuart Tull
Coryell County Attorney's Office
September 22, 2017

 

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