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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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I was in Austin at the DPS barricks for a Investigator school in 1927. Some one at the academy ask me if I was related to Hollis. I had never met or heard of him at the time. I got his phone number with plans to call him later. Then I heard he had been killed in the line of duty. So sad and I was so sorry I never reached out to him to meet.

Senior Cpl. Charles S. Tull
Dallas Police Dept/
October 3, 2016

 

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