Joshua Brown

It is not often that a cop kills a cop, especially when they are married to each other.

But a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy killed her husband in a domestic dispute on the Martin Luther King holiday. The police department revealed today that no charges have been filed yet and the case is still under investigation.

Deputy Sheriff Rataba Hawkins shot and killed her husband, Deputy Sheriff James Hawkins.

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 processing.

The shooting took place at the couples home on Ashley Meadow Drive in Charlotte, NC. on January 15, 2018.

Officers responded to a domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon 911 call. Officers then located Deputy James Hawkins inside the house with an apparent gunshot wound. Deputy James Hawkins was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic.

Rataba shot her husband with her sheriffs department issued gun. Apparently the too were fighting with each other and Rataba felt threatened for her life and fired fatal shots at her husband.

Spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department Anjanette Grube released this statement:

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is saddened to learn of the news concerning an open homicide investigation involving two MCSO deputies. Our hearts go out to their family as they cope and grieve with this tragedy. This is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigation so any questions concerning the investigation should be directed to CMPD. Because the MCSO family grieves with the Hawkins family, we will have chaplains available for our staff.

No arrests have been made yet. The Charlotte Police Department is investigating this case as an homicide. PINAC will stay on top of this story.


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