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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Tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of the toughest day of my life. I had just moved to a Co Manager position at Wal-Mart store 896 in Grand Prairie Texas. I was coming in to open that day, the Friday before Father’s Day. As I entered the store I was stopped by the opening CSM and asked what to do about a van that had been running its engine on and off all night in the parking lot. I told her if it was still there in an hour, call the police. That was at 7:00am. At approximately 8:30, while in the morning meeting, we received a call that shots had been fired and that a police officer was down. As I ran to the front to secure the store I remember seeing SWAT officers carrying people in and telling them to stay inside the store. As we were barricaded into our store with 100+ customers, I remember we set up a makeshift movie theatre, a nursery and put down lawn chairs and sleeping bags for people to relax. We also prepared meals during what wound up being a 6 hour stand off for police. It was the first time I met Texas Rangers and officers from the ATF. I helped choose items from hardware that were used to create an explosive charge and force the doors open to the van I spoke of earlier. My store team and I were honored with the Samuel M. Walton Hero award for actions taken that day. Sergeant Gregory Hunter, a husband, father and a 29 year veteran of the Grand Prairie PD gave his life that day protecting me, my team and over 100 customers. He was the true hero and I will be forever grateful for his sacrifice. Sargent Gregory L. Hunter EOW 6.18.04

Dawn Sweeny
Wal Mart Manager

June 18, 2019

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