South Dallas male slain by DPS troopers after trade stop had 16 gunshot wounds, autopsy shows

Schaston Hodge, who was shot in Aug by DPS troopers patrolling South Dallas, died with 16 gunshot wounds in his body, according to an autopsy by a Dallas County Medical Examiner.

The Dallas Morning News performed a autopsy Friday. It suggested new sum in a deadly Aug 17, 2019, shooting, that occurred after troopers stopped Hodge for unwell to vigilance a turn. The Texas Department of Public Safety pronounced that Hodge was armed during a time of a sharpened and dismissed during a troopers though has declined to recover footage of a incident.

According to a autopsy, Hodge was shot 5 times in a front and 4 times in a behind of his torso. Other bullets went by his head. He was also shot in a right and left thigh. The autopsy also showed he had ethanol and pot in his system.

His mother, Shandra Brackens-Hodge, by her profession Temani Adams, expelled a matter angrily disapproval a troopers’ actions and a successive investigation.

“They killed my son like he was an animal. They shot my son 16 times, they roughly blew his control off,” Brackens-Hodge wrote.

A print of Schaston Hodge and his mom Shandra Brackens-Hodge, that was supposing to The Dallas Morning News. In Aug 2019, Texas DPS troopers patrolling South Dallass shot and killed Hodge, who died with 16 gunshot wounds in his body, according to an autopsy by a Dallas County Medical Examiner.
A print of Schaston Hodge and his mom Shandra Brackens-Hodge, that was supposing to The Dallas Morning News. In Aug 2019, Texas DPS troopers patrolling South Dallass shot and killed Hodge, who died with 16 gunshot wounds in his body, according to an autopsy by a Dallas County Medical Examiner.(Courtesy)

The DPS troopers concerned were identified as Joshua Engleman from Palo Pinto County and Robert Litvin from Parker County. They were placed on paid leave following a shooting. It is misleading either they have returned to work. Both troopers concerned in a sharpened are white. Hodge was black.

The span were operative in a city after Gov. Greg Abbott’s preference to muster state troopers to assistance a shorthanded Dallas military force amid a spike in aroused crime over a summer. At a time, some city leaders and Chief U. Reneé Hall welcomed a aid. But a corner operation was met with regard from a South Dallas City Council member and some black residents alleging over-policing and secular profiling.

The deadly sharpened of Hodge led to increasing calls for a troopers’ removal. The joint-operation, called Operation D-Town, finished Sept. 1.

For months, The News has requested video and annals associated to a sharpened from a Texas Department of Public Safety. The group appealed to a Texas Attorney General’s bureau to secrete records.

Lt. Lonny Haschel, a orator with DPS, pronounced a Texas Rangers conducted a investigation, that was after incited over to a Dallas County District Attorney’s bureau and a grand jury declined to indict.

“The whole incident, prisoner on video, was presented to a Dallas County Grand Jury and returned a No Bill,” Haschel pronounced in an email to The News.

Hall has pronounced she skeleton to continue operative with a troopers in a future. On Friday, a orator pronounced that given a Dallas Police Department did not control a investigation, it was not in a position to criticism on a outcome of a report.

Brackens-Hodge pronounced a law coercion agencies concerned have been “secretive” about a sharpened investigation.

“Those officers executed my son. If a chairman wants to legally kill someone they should go work for a military department, a state troopers or a Texas Rangers, since they are authorised to legally kill anyone. Someone needs to be hold accountable,” she said.

Officials during a time of a sharpened expelled few sum about what happened that night. It took scarcely a week before DPS expelled a names of a troopers involved.

This most is famous about how it started: Engleman and Litvin attempted to stop 27-year-old Hodge on Aug. 17 for unwell to signal, annals showed.

Dallas military call sheets performed by The News uncover there was a brief bureau between when a troopers attempted to lift Hodge over and when he was shot.

At 10:58 p.m., a call sheets prove that Hodge had incited on Spring Avenue from Elsie Faye Heggins Street. The sheets afterwards contend he incited onto Foreman Street, afterwards Jamaica Street, where Hodge parked in a 4200 block. The plcae was his home, his mom said. Hodge lived with his grandmother.

At 11:02 p.m., shots were dismissed and Hodge was “down,” according to a records.

The News performed papers in Sep that uncover DPS has reported opposite versions of what happened a night of a shooting.

According to a custodial genocide news filed to a profession general’s office, DPS investigators pronounced Hodge shot during a troopers. Initially, authorities pronounced Hodge had “pulled a handgun” though DPS officials did not contend he non-stop fire.

A DPS orator declined to answer questions about a box during a time, including either Hodge had dismissed a weapon, and how many shots were dismissed and if both troopers shot during Hodge.

Brackens-Hodge pronounced footage she reviewed from a grandmother’s home confidence camera “discredits what a state troopers pronounced in their report.” The News has not seen a duplicate of a home video. The News has been denied requests to have copies of a officers’ physique camera and lurch cam.

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