Houston Co. land dispute leads to shooting

Houston Co. land dispute leads to shooting

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - During a land dispute involving fencing and cattle Tuesday afternoon, a 76-year-old Houston County man allegedly shot his neighbor three times with a .22-caliber pistol.

The alleged shooter, Nathaniel Hodge, 76, was arrested at the scene and transported to the Houston County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony. According to jail records, Hodge's driver's license has a Lufkin home address.

Ricky Scurlock, 56, was transported by ambulance to Kennard, and then he was airlifted to a Tyler hospital for further treatment. Chief Deputy Gary "G.P." Shearer of the Houston County Sheriff's Office said from what one of his deputies told him, Scurlock was about to be released from the Tyler hospital as of about noon Wednesday.

"He could have already been released from the hospital by now," Shearer said. He said that it looks as though Scurlock will be OK.

Houston County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting on CR 4545, or Arbor Road. Shearer said the two men have a shared fence between their properties. During the argument, Hodge allegedly pulled a .22-caliber pistol and shot Scurlock in the arm, right side, and chest.

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