HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Hudson Police have released the identities of the two victims involved in a shooting early Sunday morning as Terry William Adams, 47, of Hudson, as the deceased and Joel Thomas Gresham Jr., 41, of Hudson, as the injured.
In an interview, Gresham said the man charged with one count of murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Timothy John Malone, 34, of New Waverly, worked with his wife as a corrections officer at a prison in Huntsville.
Lt. Jimmy Casper said the case is the first murder case for Hudson Police, since the force was created about 10 years ago.
An arrest affidavit stated two Hudson Police officers were dispatched to a house on the 100 block of Scoggins Lane. As they approached the intersection of Scoggins Lane and FM 706, they saw a motorcycle lying on its side with Timothy John Malone, 34, trying to make it upright, then trying to take off. As he tried to leave, the motorcycle fell back down.
Dispatch advised the officers that there had been shots fired at the house, and the shooter matched Malone's description, the affidavit stated. Officers then detained him and he told them his gun was located in one of the saddle bags on the motorcycle. An Angelina County Sheriff's deputy then transported him to the jail.
Upon arriving at the residence, the officers learned Malone had fired the gun inside the house after becoming upset, the affidavit stated. He shot Adams multiple times and Gresham once, according to the affidavit.
Adams was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Lufkin hospital. Gresham was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released.
Gresham said he and his wife were holding a graduation party for his wife. Everyone had been drinking, and Malone was especially drunk, he said. Gresham said he asked Malone for his keys, because he did not want him driving. Gresham set them in a place where Malone could get them, then went into a bedroom. He then heard gunshots and came out of the bedroom and was shot in the leg, he said.
Bond for Malone has been set at $250,000.
Gresham never thought a celebration would be the last time he saw his friend alive.
"And when I got in there, he was on the floor and he was gasping for air and spitting up blood and I had only seen one shot wound, actually two, one in his chest and one in his belly that's the only thing I saw," he said.
Adams had been shot multiple times when Gresham says the shooter turned his .45 on him, firing a bullet in his right leg. Gresham says he called for help.
"All I know is that he was killing Terry, and I was trying to get that out, and he had shot me and I was down," Gresham said.
"He walked up to me in my bedroom, unclipped and put another clip in and pointed it back at me and I told him here's your keys, you need to get out of here," Gresham said.
"My best friend he was up in his face trying to get the gun away from him and let him calm down and let him know that we were getting his keys and that he could go if he needed to," Gresham said.
To a quiet community, the violent incident is alarming.
"I was shocked to know it had happened this close to home," neighbor Carolyn Davisson said.
In fact, it is the first murder for the Hudson Police Department.
"It really is surprising for out here," Casper said. "I was not expecting that."
An unexpected act, that turned a celebration into sadness.