Officers are not searching for anyone because the incident appears to be domestic
Today at 9:19 AM
By Deon Roberts
The Charlotte Observer
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Two Mecklenburg
County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a fatal domestic shooting
Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police
are investigating the death as a homicide.
CMPD officers responded
to a 4:09 p.m. call about a domestic violence assault with a deadly
weapon in the 13300 block of Ashley Meadow Drive in the University City
area, police said.
Officers found a man with a gunshot wound inside the home,
police said. The victim, 35-year-old Deputy Sheriff James Hawkins, was
pronounced dead at the scene.
The sheriff’s office confirmed at 9
p.m. that James Hawkins’ wife, Deputy Sheriff Rataba Hawkins, was also
involved in the shooting. Rataba Hawkins has been with the Mecklenburg
Sheriff’s Office since 2002 and is assigned to field operations. James
Hawkins was with the office since 2005 and was assigned to arrest
Chaplains will be available for sheriff’s office employees, the office announced Monday.
Officers are not searching for anyone because the incident appears to be domestic, though the investigation is still ongoing.