Deputy City Marshal Robert E. Hawks

Deputy City Marshal Robert E. Hawks

Temple Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 19, 1889

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Robert E. Hawks

Deputy Marshal Hawks was shot and killed by a suspect who was upset about a court-imposed fine Marshal Hawks attempted to collect earlier in the day. The suspect shot Marshal Hawks in a saloon later in the night. Because there were no witnesses to the murder the suspect was later acquitted. On his way home from the courthouse an angry mob of citizens, upset at the verdict, beat the suspect and an accomplice to death.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by citizens

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Deputy City Marshal Hawks,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Temple.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 19, 2019

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