Patrolman Thomas Tell Hawkins

Patrolman Thomas Tell Hawkins

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, January 2, 1930

Thomas Tell Hawkins

Patrolman Thomas Hawkins succumbed to gunshot wounds received nine months earlier while escorting several dock workers. The group had just picked up their payroll when a man confronted them at Strand and 24th Street at about 9:00 am. Patrolman Hawkins was shot twice during the incident. He remained hospitalized until his death nine months later.

Patrolman Hawkins had served with the Galveston Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 67
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 4, 1929
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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I researched this hero and found out that he was a Texas Ranger from 1919-1920, he was a special ranger in 1917. His son Richard Crews "Red"Hawkins was also a Texas Ranger. The Dry Dock Robbers got away with $6,000.00 still researching if they were ever brought to justice

Mark Wilson
Hawkins relative

October 13, 2018

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