Four officers who shot dead a man with methamphetamine at a wildfire evacuation checkpoint in California will not face charges, officials said this week.
The decision was announced Tuesday with the results of a report on the death of 35-year-old Soblage Kobe Hodge, who pointed a heavy gun at officers at a checkpoint outside Big Springs in Susquehanna County on June 24, 2021. Was killed after doing. Sacramento Bee reported..
Hodge, whose truck was loaded with 132-pound vessels, had warrants for his arrest outside the state at the time and drove his truck toward officers at the checkpoint, from which the evacuation continued because of lightning. The fire threatened thousands of people. According to a nine-page letter from Cisco County District Attorney Kirk Anders, illegal cannabis forms.
Just six feet from Hodge’s .45-caliber handgun, an officer told investigators it was the “darkest hole” he had ever seen in his life, according to a letter that cleared the police.
Anders said police then opened fire, signaling Hodge’s truck to move forward and colliding with about an officer before colliding with Game Warden’s car.
Investigators later found a handgun loaded inside the house’s pickup, as well as two assault rifles in the back seat, which contained a silencer. He also had marijuana worth up to 175,000 in large pieces of plastic, according to the district attorney.
Hajj was shot three times in the head and died. His system also contained methamphetamine and amphetamines, the autopsy revealed.
According to Sacramento Bee, Hawj was wanted in Colorado, where court records show he was charged with marijuana and firearms crimes.
The deadly shooting sparked accusations of excessive force and was part of a racially motivated campaign to rescue illegal vessel farms and these Asian Americans.
But Anders tracked down Hodge’s operations in Kansas City, Kansas, which led to the shooting.
“There was a cash crop in the back of his truck that he was apparently ready to defend,” Anders wrote in a nine-page letter. “It may have been a misunderstanding that residents were being moved to an area where they would be looking for marijuana. That would be wrong.”