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Sergeant Donald Durr Hodges | Kern County Sheriff's Department, California Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

Sergeant

Donald Durr Hodges

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, April 14, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years to life

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Sergeant Donald Hodges was shot and killed while chasing a theft suspect at a cocktail lounge southeast of Bakersfield. The suspect grabbed an employee's purse and ran out the door. Sergeant Hodges saw the incident and chased the suspect into the parking lot where he turned and shot him. The suspect was captured at his apartment two blocks away.

The 19 year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to five years to life August 18, 1969.

Sergeant Hodges had been with the agency for 18 years.

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I think a five year sentence for your murder was an absolute travesty of justice. You are remembered today on the forty-third anniversary of your death. Your family is in my heart's embrace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 14, 2012

 

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