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Local man killed in officer-related shooting

By Sherrie Williams
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers are investigating the circumstances in which an Iowa Park community leader, Heath Wayne Hodges, 35, was killed in an officer-involved shooting at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday night in Foard County.
The incident reportedly happened after a Foard County deputy responded to a “routine service” call near Crowell.
Information has not been released as to the circumstances that resulted in the call.
The Foard County Deputy was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave by Foard County Sheriff Mike Brown during the investigation. It is customary in any officer-involved shooting for the officer involved to be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
As of Wednesday morning no details had been released by Texas Department of Public Safety Staff Sergeant Dan Buesing, Media & Safety Education Trooper.
Tuesday afternoon Buesing said he has not been given additional information by the Texas Rangers or Sheriff Brown. He said additional information could be released as early as Wednesday or as late as next week.
Hodges graduated Iowa Park High School in 2001, where he was a member of the National Honors Society, and was active in Vocational Ag, played football and baseball. Heath graduated from Tarleton State University with honors in 2005. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Heath was manager of Quality Implement Company of Burkburnett. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church and a member of the Iowa Park Masonic Lodge No. 713. He served as vice president of the Community Development Board (4-B), and was on the board of Farm Bureau.
Hodges was known as a law enforcement supporter in the area and had many friends in law enforcement.
Iowa Park Police Lt. Jimmy Eaton said Heath was a friend.
“I have known Heath all of his life. I cannot fathom what might have happened. He was a wonderful Christian man,” said Eaton. “He was a good man always willing to help others. The community has suffered a great loss.”