Special Agent Asa Hawkins

Special Agent Asa Hawkins

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, December 20, 1930

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Asa Hawkins

Special Agent Asa Hawkins was shot and killed near Maysville, North Carolina, while he and another prohibition agent searched for moonshiners.

The two agents encountered seven men at a liquor still. A gun battle ensued in which Agent Hawkins was killed and the other agent was seriously wounded.

Six men were arrested and held in connection with Agent Hawkins' murder. The seventh, 44, was later arrested in Georgia. He had served 12 years of a 30 year sentence for second degree murder when he escaped from a North Carolina prison camp a year earlier. He confessed that he fired the shots that killed Agent Hawkins. He, his brother, and another of the seven were charged with Agent Hawkins murder. His brother had completed a eight year sentence for the same second degree murder four years earlier.

Agent Hawkins killer was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 15 to 20 years. He was paroled on June 20, 1947, when an order to do so was received from Governor Gregg Cherry. His brother was sentenced to 3 to 5 years. The other man was sentenced to two years in the Jones County Jail. Regarding the other four, one died in jail. The other three were convicted of accessory to murder and prohibition violations.

Agent Hawkins was survived by his wife.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location North Carolina
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pardoned in 1947

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Agent Hawkins,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


United States Border Patrol

December 20, 2020

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