Assistant Chief of Police J. W. Hawkins

Assistant Chief of Police J. W. Hawkins

Lawton Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, April 12, 1904

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J. W. Hawkins

Assistant Chief of Police J.W. Hawkins was shot and killed at a political rally.

The editor of the local newspaper had a disagreement with Assistant Chief Hawkins and when Assistant Chief Hawkins appeared at the rally the man shot and killed him. The man, who claimed self defense, was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three years. He appealed and was released after posting bond. He was granted a new trial and acquitted on March 22, 1907.

Assistant Chief Hawkins was survived by his his siblings.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, April 4, 1904
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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I last wrote about my husband's uncle,Colonel J.W.(Will)Hawkins and the years long search by Sgt.Jeremy Coe of the Lawton,Okla. PD to find his grave and that of 3 other officers killed in the line of duty. I couldn't find Sgt Coe's email address but wanted him to know Colonel Hawkins story has now been written up in the magazine Wild West by Australian author Peter Brand. Colonel Hawkins died April 12,1904. Sgt. Coe has had a stone placed at our uncle's tombstone and we are so appreciative of him and this wonderful author who learned of our uncle while he worked in Cripple Creek,Colorado and before he came to Lawton working under the famous Heck. Thomas.


March 29, 2017

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