Crime & Courts

Mecklenburg deputy wed to a deputy is killed in domestic shooting, authorities say

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police conduct a homicide investigation in the 13300 block of Ashley Meadow Drive in the University City area.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police conduct a homicide investigation in the 13300 block of Ashley Meadow Drive in the University City area. WBTV

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 call around 4:10 p.m. about a domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon in the 13300 block of Ashley Meadow Drive in northeast Charlotte, 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 processing.

Chaplains will be available for sheriff’s office employees, the office announced Monday.

Hawkins is Charlotte’s fourth homicide victim of 2018. All four homicides have been domestic cases, according to CMPD reports.

Officers are not searching for anyone because the incident appears to be domestic, though the investigation is still ongoing.

Staff writer Jane Pope contributed.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester

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