Patrolman Hollie Lamar Tull

Patrolman Hollie Lamar Tull

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 1974

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Hollie Lamar Tull

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.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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As I am sitting on the floor of my house in Arlington, TX cleaning out a closet, I have come across a scrapbook of my Granny Smith’s. It’s in my lap right now and I’m reading the articles about Patrolman Hollie Tull. My grandparents, Cass and Ruth Smith, lived in Satin and knew the Tull family very well. I never met Hollie but knew his father and mother as I visited my grandparents often in Satin, TX. Everyone in Satin was so proud of Patrolman Tull. My Mama, Sylvia Smith Holland, said he was their own Matt Dillon. I remember the day my parents attended his burial under a tree on their land in Satin.

Connie Jo Holland

March 18, 2019

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