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Sergeant Gregory Lei Hunter | Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas

Sergeant

Gregory Lei Hunter

Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, June 18, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 29 years

Badge # 086

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Gregory Hunter was shot and killed while he and another officer investigated a suspicious vehicle at a local store.

Store employees had called police after noticing that a van had been parked in the parking lot all night long with its engine running. When the first officer arrived, he found all doors locked with no response from anyone inside the van. The officer requested his supervisor, Sergeant Greg Hunter, respond to the scene to approve unlocking the van to check on the welfare of any occupants. Sergeant Hunter and the officer made contact with the suspect, who gave Sergeant Hunter a false name and became increasingly evasive.

The other officer went to the passenger doors to block a possible escape route. At this time, the suspect suddenly opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun, fatally wounding Sergeant Hunter. The other officer immediately went around to Sergeant Hunter's location and called for assistance.

The subject then began firing at that officer, striking him twice in areas not protected by his vest. Despite being wounded, the officer was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

During the ensuing investigation, the United States Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives discovered in the van an SKS rifle, two handguns, a fused pipe bomb, a cache of ammunition and components from a partially assembled bomb. The suspect was determined to be the subject of a domestic restraining order and was prohibited by state and federal law from possessing any firearms. Additionally, he was a fugitive from justice and was awaiting trial in Kansas for narcotic and alcohol violations, criminal possession of a weapon, obstruction of legal process and criminal possession of tear gas.

Sergeant Hunter had served with the Grand Prairie Police Department for 29 years, 4 months and 9 days. He is survived by his wife, daughter, mother, sister, and aunt.

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My dearest Greg, thirteen years ago this morning, an evil man took your life in such a heinous manner. This left our only daughter and me painfully heartbroken and forever lonely without your presence with us here on earth. We will never heal from the pain of losing you and our heartaches have become a part of us. You were the absolute and beautiful goodness in our world and a committed man of the Lord, a perfect, loving and faithful husband and father. Happy Father's Day in Heaven my sweet Greg. Erin and I know you are celebrating the absolute best Father's Day with our Father. Thank you for choosing me to be your wife and for loving me unconditionally. Even if we were to live a thousand years and be married for most of those, that would still not be long enough. Our daughter is living her life according to the word of God because you set such a wonderful example of a Christian father to her. You truly exemplified the character and qualities of a humble and spiritual follower of God, worthy of the sacrifice of Christ. Erin will always cherish and remember your words of wisdom, scriptural teachings and love for the Lord. Daily, she emanates the very qualities of a Godly person you lived and instilled in her. You would be proud of her as she is an angel of mercy, taking care of sweet, little heart lives, giving back just as there were those wonderful professionals who took care of her when she was younger. We will forever and ever be indebted to you for everything you were, that you are and for all that you brought into our lives, which was everything positive and good. Erin and I are honored to be your daughter and wife. As long as we are alive, we will always honor you and your brave and selfless sacrifice. When I take my last breath on this earth, I hope that I honored you in the most deserving and respectful manner, as I will always be a Hunter and I will die a Hunter. Your light will always and forever shine bright in our hearts and our minds. One day, we know as Christians, we will be reunited. We loved you then, we love you now and we will always love you all the way to Heaven + Infinity + 086.
You once lived….you are loved….and your life, service and sacrifice will always matter.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Denise Hunter
Surviving Spouse - Sgt. Gregory Hunter, Grand Prairie PD, EOW 6-18-04
June 18, 2017

 

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