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Police Officer Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr. | Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

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Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr.

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, April 1, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officers Thomas Hodges, Frank D'Azevedo, and Clark Curlette were shot and killed while conducting an investigation into stolen driver's licenses at 1845 hours.

Officers Curlette and Hodges were waiting in a motel parking lot at Harding and 86th Street, while Officer D'Azevedo made a purchase of the stolen licenses approximately one block away. While in the parking lot, Officers Hodges and Curlette noticed a car they suspected of being stolen. The two officers went to the motel manager and asked about the car.

The manager informed them that the car belonged to a guest and told them which room the guest was staying in. As the officers went to the room, the manager called the guest to warn him the officers were coming. When the officers knocked on the door, the suspect opened fire with a double-barrel 12 gauge shotgun. Officer Hodges was struck in the face and Officer Curlette was struck in the abdomen.

When Officer D'Azevedo heard the shots, he immediately ran back to the motel and found his partners' bodies. He saw the suspect running from the scene and began to chase him on foot. The suspect turned a corner, crouched down, and waited for Officer D'Azevedo. Officer D'Azevedo was shot when he came around the corner. The suspect fled the scene and committed suicide a short time later.

Officer Hodges had been employed with the Metro-Dade Police Department for six years, and is survived by his wife and children.

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Dad,

I am truly honored to be in the position that I am now for the Miami-Dade Police Department. I have the ability to shape and mold the future of this great Police Department. I have done my best to make you and mom proud of me. I miss you more each and everyday. The girls are doing great. All three are in college now and doing fantastic. Lourdes and I are always checking in on mom she is doing awesome. I really wish you could have been here for parents weekend we had an amazing time even though FSU lost. I know that life is short, but if you could put in a good word for me I would truly love to spend a lot more time with your daughter in law. I am sure you are watching and you see just how good she is for me. I wouldn't doubt it if you didn't put in a good word for that gift. Tommy is doing great (as you know you now have seven grandchildren six girls and one boy) and your baby girl Laura is just the greatest. She is making all of us so proud. I love you so very much until we meet in the clouds.

Police Officer Christopher Hodges
Miami-Dade Police Department
October 31, 2016

 

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