Police Officer David Hofer
Euless Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 1, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Agency Contact Information
Police Chief Michael Brown
Euless Police Department
1102 W Euless Boulevard
Euless, TX 76040
Phone: (817) 685-1500
Police Officer David Hofer was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a report of suspicious activity at J.A. Carr Park at approximately 2:45 pm.
As he and his partner approached the park they were fired upon by a subject. Officer Hofer was shot and mortally wounded. His partner was able to return fire, killing the man.
Officer Hofer was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center where he died from his wounds
Officer Hofer had served with the Euless Police Department for two years and previously served with the New York City Police Department for five years.
A police officer died in surgery and a suspect was also fatally shot Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood park in Euless, officials said.
The officer killed was David S. Hofer, 29, who came to Euless in January 2014 after five years of service with the New York Police Department.
He had gone to J.A. Carr Park at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday after reports of a suspicious person and possible shots fired. Hofer approached the armed suspect, who opened fire, striking the officer.
Officers responding to the gunfire arrived at the scene and fired at suspect, who was hit multiple times and pronounced dead after being transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to Euless Police Chief Michael Brown.
Hofer was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine, where he died in surgery.
“This agency will not forget David’s servant heart and dry wit,” Brown said at a brief Tuesday night news conference.
The suspect has not been identified.
As news of the shooting spread among the tight-knit community, residents were stunned and saddened.
The officer’s death was the second in the line of duty in Euless, a city of 53,000 in Northeast Tarrant County.
“Euless is one big family,” said Mayor Linda Martin. “Honestly, I’m having trouble controlling my tears.”
She said officers will continue the investigation overnight. After sundown, police focused their investigation on an area of the park about 200 yards west of Simmons Drive.
“We are trying to meet their needs right now,” Martin said. “There are volunteers who are taking food to the station and doing whatever is needed.”
At the park, several people gathered to place flowers and a sign in honor of the fallen officer. Later, people put flowers in front of the Euless police station, about a mile from the park.
“This is a park I grew up playing in,” said Eric Love, a Euless native who now lives in Hurst. “I grew up in this town. There’s a lot of good people here. … This officer did not have to die.”
Officer grew up in Brooklyn
Hofer, who lived in Plano, is survived by his fiancé, parents, sister and brother, city officials said.
He graduated from Saint Ann’s High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. and earned his bachelor’s degree from New York University in 2008.
Hofer is the second officer to die in the line of duty in Euless.
The other officer who died was Michael Ray Williamson, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1982, city officials said.
Williamson had been on the job less than a year when he was killed and left behind a wife and six children. A son of his now works as a Euless firefighter.
The Michael Williamson Rookie of the Year award is given annually to the department’s top rookie and in 2014, the city dedicated Officer Michael R. Williamson Memorial Drive in his honor.