Sergeant Gregory Lei Hunter

Sergeant Gregory Lei Hunter

Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, June 18, 2004

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Gregory Lei Hunter

Sergeant Gregory Hunter was shot and killed while he and another officer investigated a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart on the I-20 Frontage Road.

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.

Bio

  • Age 54
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge 086

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

suspicious vehicle

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Sgt Hunter was my first Sgt out of training on the evening shift. One day after our briefing, Sgt Hunter told me to follow him to his office. When I sat down across from him, Sgt Hunter said that he felt I was upset or disturbed about something. Sgt Hunter said.” Byron, you are vocal in briefings, tell jokes, kidding around with the guys. You are different today and I want to help if something is going on. I told Sgt Hunter that I found out before I came to work, that my wife and I mutually agreed to get a divorce. Sgt Hunter asked me if there was anything he could do. I was closed off and just said,”No, I just have to deal with it and suck it up.” Sgt Hunter told me that he did not feel good about sending me out on the streets. He said, Byron, take a few days off. You need to process this and take care of you. I reluctantly said ok. Sgt Hunter said he would call and check on me and if I needed more time, it was ok. Before I left his office, Sgt Hunter asked if he could pray with me. I said that was ok. Sgt Hunter came and knelt next to me and placed his hand on my shoulder. It was one of the most powerful prayers I have ever heard. I did everything I could to fight back tears. Your not suppose to cry on duty as I was taught many years ago. I could not hold it back. When Sgt Hunter finished the pray, he had tears rolling down his face. In my 26 years, I never had a supervisor do this. Sgt Hunter called me everyday for the next three days to check on me and just gave me encouraging words. What Sgt Hunter did for me and what I learned from him was this. He made sure that all his officers knew and felt that they were appreciated and valued. Meaning, that you matter. Officers under Sgt Hunter went above and beyond out of the streets because we knew we had his support. This was a powerful leadership experience I learned from him. Even after retirement, I do this in my insurance business. My clients know that they are appreciated and valued. My family and friends as well. Sgt Hunter put me on a different path that day when he called me in his office. I am honored, blessed and completely thankful that Sgt Hunter crossed my path. I know his mansion in heaven is large. Sgt Hunter always put his people first. No politics, no talking about more stats, no overreacting. He truly believed in serving his men and woman that were on his shift. Out of all the supervisors and 5 Chiefs in my career, not one comes close to Sgt Hunter’s leadership and service that he gave everyday. Miss you brother. You were absolutely one of a kind.

Byron Olivere #305
Honorably Retired 2018
Grand Prairie PD

February 27, 2020

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