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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Rest in Peace Deputy Marshal Robert E. Hawks. Thank You for your brave Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Temple, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors and the men and women who now serve Temple, Texas. I also Pray that while your murderers did not escape punishment here on this earthly realm that the hounds of hell are now gnawing on their sorry bones. May nothing but thorn bushes and weeds grow on their graves. May their sorry souls be consumed by the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 19, 2016

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