Full report released in the death of Heath Hodges

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There’s new information about the night an Iowa Park native was shot and killed by a Foard County Deputy, who has since been cleared.

After officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety redacted the bulk of the report following several Freedom of Information Act requests, Texoma’s Homepage is now seeing the more than 30 page report which was sent Monday afternoon outlining what happened that night — Dec. 30, 2017 — the night Heath Hodges, 35, was shot and killed.

According to the Texas Rangers report, Hodges had been staying with his girlfriend’s family during the holidays.

On Dec. 30, 2018, witnesses say Hodges got into an argument with his girlfriend, her sister and brother-in-law at a home on North 1st Street in Crowell.

In interviews with Texas Rangers, all three parties said Hodges became erratic that evening after drinking earlier that day.

All three individuals told authorities Hodges accused them of conspiring with his wife — with whom he was going through a divorce with — against him, as he was in the middle of divorce proceedings.

During the argument, Hodges and some of the people in the home made several phone calls to law enforcement and Foard County dispatch.

A man and woman inside of the home both called and texted Foard County Deputy Perry Shaw, asking him to come to the home.

Hodges also made calls to dispatch, asking for help. One dispatch operator told investigators that during one call Hodges said, “don’t shoot me when you get here. I’ve got a gun on them.”

Hodges also called friends asking to get picked up.

According to witnesses, during one phone call, Hodges said that he was in trouble and had been framed. During these phone calls, witnesses at the home, say they saw Hodges pull out his silver revolver.

When Shaw arrived at the home, he told Texas Rangers that he shook Hodges’ hand at the door. Then once inside, he asked if he had a gun on him. Shaw said Hodges smiled, which he found odd. He said Hodges then pulled up his shirt to reveal a stainless steel revolver with a black holster on his belt. When Shaw asked Hodges again for his gun, he told investigators that Hodges reached for his gun. That’s when Shaw said he grabbed Hodges’ hand to prevent him from drawing the weapon. After that, Shaw said Hodges stepped back and drew his weapon and pointed it at him. Shaw said at that time he feared for his life, so he drew his gun and fired two rounds.

Shaw was placed on administrative leave following the shooting but returned to work in March.

A Foard County Grand Jury failed to indict Shaw, which means the grand jury did not think the evidence supported criminal charges.

On Jan. 3, 2018 a Texas Ranger met with Shaw to get his statement regarding the shooting. Shaw was able to review his in-car video before making the statement. A Texas Ranger typed the statement and asked clarifying questions. Shaw’s full statement as written in the Texas Rangers’ report is below:


My name is Perry Walton Shaw and I am employed as a commissioned Peace Officer with the Foard County Sheriff Office. I have been a  commissioned Peace Officer for approximately ten years and seven months.

On the night of 12/30/2017, I was off duty and at my residence, when I received a call from a local citizen regarding a possible stolen tractor located in the city of Crowell. I was neither on call nor on duty, but elected to investigate the possibly stolen tractor. As I was getting dressed to investigate the stolen tractor, I received a call form Justin Haynie, a citizen of Crowell, whom I have known personally for several years. Haynie requested I come to his house but gave no details of the nature of his problem. Haynie only indicated that something unusual was happening at his residence. I felt that I heard an urgency in his voice. I asked if this was regarding a stolen tractor and Haynie stated it was not, and stated again that I needed to come to his residence.
 
I finished getting dressed in blue jeans, western boots, and a brown uniform type shirt. I was also wearing a green coat due to the cold weather. I also placed a clip on badge holder, containing a Foard County Sheriff Office Badge, on the right side of my belt, next to my agency approved sidearm.

Prior to leaving my residence, I received a call from Foard County Sheriff Mike Brown. Sheriff Brown stated he needed me to respond to 407 North Main, based on a 911 call of a man with a gun. Having received the call from Haynie, I felt this information could be related to the same incident that Haynie was involved with.

I then left my residence in my issued patrol vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Ram four-door pickup, which is marked with Foard County Sheriff Office insignia and has red and blue emergency lights on top of the cab and in the front grill.

While driving I received another call from Haynie’s phone and told them I was on the way to their residence and could hear Haynie speaking to someone in the background. After receiving this call, I felt I needed to drive to 407 North First, Haynie’s residence, instead of 407 North Main, as Sheriff Brown had indicated. Based on this, I called Sheriff Brown and told him the call location was most likely Haynie’s residence at 407 North First.

As I drove south on Main Street, I turned east onto Horner Street toward Haynie’s residence. I pulled over on the north side of Horner Street directly south of Haynie’s residence and parked with my vehicle angling toward the south door of the residence.

I left my emergency lights activated, knowing that the video system was recording as well. As I exited my vehicle, I was met by an adult female, I knew only by her first name of Heather. She mad a statement indicating a man inside the residence was armed with a gun, but stated she would take him home if I could get his gun and get him into his vehicle.

I continued walking toward the south door of the residence and believed she continued walking west away from the residence. I approached the south door of the Haynie residence, located at 407 North First and stepped onto the steps located immediately outside the door. I then opened the south door and immediately saw a white male that I did not recognize as a member of the Haynie family. I also saw Justin Haynie standing close by. I introduced myself as Perry Shaw with the Foard County Sheriff Office and shook the unidentified white male’s hand. The white male backed into the residence and I stepped further into the residence as well. I asked the white male if he had a gun on him and he smiled, which I thought was odd in this situation. Without being asked, the white male pulled up his shirt or jacket, exposing a stainless steel revolver in a black holster, on his belt. I told the white male, I needed his gun but as I was saying this the white male reached for his gun and I reached to grab his hand and prevent him from drawing the weapon. As I did this, the white male quickly stepped back and drew his weapon, pointing it toward me. At this time I felt in fear for my life. In response, I drew my sidearm and fired two rounds at the white male. The white male fell toward me landing on the floor near the south door and I saw a large amount of blood on the floor around him.

The weapon landed on the floor very close to the white male’s hand. I then holstered my sidearm and used a nearby piece of clothing to pick up the white male’s weapon and place it on a nearby table. I felt it necessary to better secure the scene, so first aid could be provided to the wounded white male.

Haynie stated he was calling for Emergency Medical Services and I called Sheriff Brown to advise him shots had been fired and I was unharmed. Shortly thereafter, I  walked outside to await assistance. I attempted to walk back inside the residence to provide aid and check on Haynie’s condition but was met by Sheriff Brown, who had arrived on scene. At this time Sheriff Brown took possession of my sidearm to preserve it as evidence and I elected to stay outside of the residence, but on scene, until released by investigating officers.

While awaiting investigating officers’ arrival, I told Sheriff Brown and Hardeman County Sheriff Pat Laughery, who had arrived on scene to assist, that my in-car video was still recording. Sheriff Laughery turned the recording off at this time.

According to the report, after Shaw finished his statement a Texas Ranger downloaded the recorded phone calls and a text message from Shaw’s issued phone.

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