Patrolman James Hawkes

Patrolman James Hawkes

Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Thursday, December 28, 1916

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James Hawkes

Patrolman Hawkes was shot and killed when he went to the Garlick Hotel to arrest a disorderly man.

Patrolman Hawkes was called to the hotel when one of the guests became disorderly. At some point the guest went to the landlord’s apartment and asked for a gun. Even though the landlord did not give him a gun, the suspect somehow came up with a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver. When Patrolman Hawkes arrived, the suspect shot him three times as he entered the hotel.

The 37-year-old suspect was arrested by other officers. Two weeks later he stabbed himself to death in his jail cell.

Patrolman Hawkes had served with the Rapid City Police Department for 3 1/2 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Patrolman Hawkes,
On today, the 95th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rapid City.


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December 28, 2021

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