Police Officer Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr.

Police Officer Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr.

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 1, 1976

Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr.

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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Tom, I don't know what led me to your page today, perhaps it was you calling me or maybe God just wanted me to talk to you. I'm so sorry we never met, I hope you approve of me. I need you to know how much I love your son Chris. He is a such a wonderful man. He is in K9 now, I am so proud of him. He excells in everything he does. He is so much like you, ready to lay his life down for his community. I pray for his safety everyday. As a school police officer, I know I would lay my life down for the students and teachers entrusted to me, so I understand the risks we take. Chris and I are incredibly happy together. I could not ask for a better husband and father to our girls. He is my best friend and the love of my life. I wanted you to know that I look forward to meeting you one day. Until then, I promise to love and cherish your son, love your grandchildren, take care of Karen, serve my community, and since I wear your name, I will proudly honor your memory. Rest in peace.

Sergeant Lourdes Hodges
daughter in law, MDSPD

March 16, 2018

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