Police Officer Shot in the Head During Bar Robbery
FORT WORTH, TEXAS — September 14, 2018
Authorities in Texas say an undercover police officer was shot in the head when a police unit tried to stop a robbery at a bar.
According to the Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, the officer was part of an undercover team of at least 10 officers that had been conducting surveillance on three people who were suspected in a string of robberies in the Fort Worth area.
Fitzgerald says a mix of undercover and uniformed officers followed the suspects to a bar, which they attempted to rob at gunpoint. When police confronted the suspects, at least one suspect fired and struck the undercover officer.
Fitzgerald says police returned fire, killing a male suspect believed to have fired shots. A female suspect was arrested at the scene, while a second male suspect ran away. Officers later found and arrested the male, police said.
No one else inside the bar was harmed during the shootout.
Police say the officer is in critical condition at a Fort Worth hospital.
“One of our heroes was struck down tonight and we are praying for him,” Fitzgerald said.
Our Officer who was shot is currently in ICU in critical condition. He has family and fellow Officers with him.— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) September 14, 2018
Our Officer is courageously fighting at this time.
We ask that you keep his recovery in your thoughts. @fortworthpd @CityofFortWorth
Officials said the suspects were being investigated for at least 15 robberies in Fort Worth, adding that more may have been committed outside the city.