A Texas police officer shot and killed an off-duty sheriff’s deputy early Monday morning after responding to a “disturbance” call, leaving local authorities chasing away journalists who were trying to cover the story.
In the video below, you can see Wichita County sheriff’s deputy Hatcher chase away Fox 4 News reporter Saul Garza, ordering him down the street.
But Garza does an excellent job continuing his report, even pushing her arm away at one point, which luckily didn’t get him killed, but it did get him warned.
Garza had been standing on the edge of somebody’s property, a few homes away from where Montague County sheriff’s deputy Larry Hostetter was killed by a Nocona police officer, becoming the second law enforcement officer to be killed by gunfire this year. The first cop was an off-duty Dallas police officer killed in a murder-suicide on Saturday.
Hostetter is also at least the third cop this year to be shot by another cop, according to the Free Thought Project:
At the end of January, we reported on a Yonkers police officer who shot a suicidal officer from another precinct, claiming he feared for his safety.
Earlier in the January we also reported on an undercover Albuquerque police officer who was shot by another officer during a drug bust over $60 worth of meth. The media called it a “tragic accident” while, in reality, it was another example of police shooting someone who poses no threat to them.
At this time, no cops have been shot and killed by citizens this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Meanwhile, at least 116 citizens, including Hostetter, have been killed by cops since January 1, according to Killed by Officer, a website that tracks these deaths.
At the moment, there is no government-operated tracking system to keep track of citizens killed by cops, which allows states to underreport these figures as the Richmond Times-Dispatch recently reported after an investigation into police killings in Virginia.
Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder raised the need for such a tracking system but he is on his way out and Congress would have to pass a law, which it doesn’t seem interested in doing, so it’s up to us, the citizens, to keep track of these killings.
As far as the shooting death of deputy Hostetter, the Nocona Police Department is releasing very little information, only saying the investigation will be conducted by the Texas Rangers.
According to Fox 4 News:
A Montague County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed by a Nocona police officer who was responding to a disturbance call early Monday morning.
Nocona police Chief Kent Holcomb said his officer was called to 41-year-old deputy Larry Hostetter’s home shortly after midnight Monday.
Holcomb and Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham would not talk about the details of the call or what prompted the officer to fire his weapon.
The Texas Rangers were asked to investigate the case.
Hostetter died at a hospital about an hour after the shooting.
The married father of three joined the sheriff’s department in 2013, but has reportedly been in law enforcement since 2000.
Holcomb said his officer was not hurt. That officer’s identity has not yet been released.
Deputy Hatcher was from Wichita County Sheriff’s Department, which is two counties away from Montague County in North Texas, but that did not stop her from acting as if she owned the street.