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.

Bio

  • 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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We visited the Bell County Justice complex today and saw the memorial. We were surprised to see there was no placard nearby so I decided to Google the name and learned of Patrolman Tull's tragic death. He died before I was born (1979) and long before I moved to Temple in 2015, but the memorial was incredibly moving. I thanked him for fulfilling his duty so honorably and hope his family continues to be able to honor him.

Charity Starrett
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March 16, 2020

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