Ex-Central Texas mayor named in arrest warrant

(Photo by Bill Gowdy)
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VALLEY MILLS, Texas (KWTX) Former Valley Mills Mayor Rodney Nichols, 81, who’s now hospitalized because of a gunshot wound that sources say was self-inflicted, is named in an arrest warrant.

Nichols shot himself in the abdomen 10 days ago at his home in Valley Mills while family members present at the house, sources with direct knowledge of the incident said.

Nichols was in good condition Monday at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, a hospital spokesperson confirmed.

He was in the hospital when Valley Mills police officers arrived at the residence in an attempt to serve the arrest warrant, but his wife was home and collapsed and died of a heart attack, the sources said.

Nichols was charged in a child molestation case in 2005, but a Bosque County grand jury declined to indict him.

He was serving on the Valley Mills City Council at the time, but stepped down, citing personal reasons.

He was later reappointed to the council and served as mayor.

Valley Mills police did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

(A photograph provided by a local newspaper of whom KWTX was told was former Valley Mills Mayor Rodney Nichols was included with an earlier version of this story. We have since learned Nichols was not the man in the photo. KWTX apologizes for the error.