Thomas Hawes Identified as Man Fatally Shot by Scottsdale Cops; Five Detectives on Leave

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Scottsdale police have identified the man shot and killed this morning by officers as 45-year-old Thomas Hawes.

As you could probably tell by the orange jumpsuit Hawes is wearing in the photo on the right, Hawes has a bit of a criminal history, including a short stint in prison.

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Prison records show Hawes served a little more than six months of a one-year sentence in 2006 for misconduct involving weapons.

The rest of his previous convictions seem pretty petty, including marijuana possession, assault, disorderly conduct, issuing a bad check, and a few traffic violations.

This time around, though, police say Hawes was wanted for questioning in sex crimes when detectives saw Hawes today in his car, pointing a gun at himself. Police say he eventually pointed the gun at officers, and fired one round at the detectives.

In an e-mail, Scottsdale Police Officer David Pubins says Hawes was accused of molesting a relative when she was a kid, from 2003 to 2010.

Pubins says the girl was a juvenile throughout that entire range, but now, as an adult, she came forward with the allegations. Pubins adds that police don't believe there are any other victims.

Hawes was in the area of 83rd Street and Granite Reef Drive around 9:30 a.m. today, when he pulled over his car to the side of the road, and detectives saw him pointing the gun at himself, police say.

Detectives started negotiating with him, but Hawes eventually got out of his car, pointed the gun at the detectives, and fired a shot -- before he was gunned down by officers.

Pubins says this afternoon that five officers involved in the shooting were placed on leave, which is consistent with Scottsdale PD policy.

As we mentioned earlier today, the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit against the Scottsdale Police Department in September, after former Officer James Peters notched his sixth kill, as the ACLU alleged Scottsdale PD heads pretty much have a policy of "rubber-stamping" officer-involved shootings as justified.

A little more than a year ago, police responded to John Loxas' home, and he answered the door with his grandson in his arms. He was not armed, but Officer Peters shot him in the forehead, killing him instantly. No other officer fired a shot.

ACLU representatives compared that to the 2008 shooting of David Hulstedt, who was shot, handcuffed, and dragged about 400 feet by Scottsdale cops, in an incident that was captured on videos.



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rc99
rc99

I knew Tom....by association. For years he was rehearsing, maybe truly attempting suicide. Cutting his arms/wrists, taking overdoses of drugs, tried to hang himself etc. etc. Although he had a long rap-sheet...and as it stated in the other paper as mainly "petty " crimes, the ones he got away with were not so petty.

He wasn't a real " bad-guy "..so to speak, there are much..MUCH worse that still walk the Valley streets. But like so ..WAY too many cases...in his personal 2-3 decade long desent,and decline into drug addiction,it made him yet another tragic statistic. For a man who was at heart, a person that had alot of potential...and had considerable kindness for others when his mind was semi-clear. If it was true he molested his family member,then he knew that there was no getting off with a hand slap this time...he was well educated in the ways of our court systems.

AZHighways
AZHighways

Shout out to New Times for getting honest in their reporting again!!!  Sooooo good to see.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Suicide by Cop = homicidal pigs more than happy to oblige


squash
squash

Keep up the good work ACLU! While the shooting that this article mentions may turn out to be justified, the Scottsdale PD nonetheless needs to be held accountable for their shooting of an unarmed person (John Loxas). Then and only then will this systematic American police policy of shooting first - asking questions later finally be abolished. It might be a tough job on the ACLU's part, but people in positions of authority need to be watched with a close eye and held in check so that they don't use the power that they possess AGAINST the people that they are supposed to serve/protect.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I wouldnt paint all of Scottsdale PD with the same broad brush just like I wouldn't say that because Rob Sgobbo of the Village Voice was accused of fabricating quotes and sources doesn't mean all Village Voice Media reporters fabricate quotes and sources. Just becaus Officer Peters may have been (allegedly) a trigger happy bad apple doesn't mean all officers are. All of my experiences with Scottsdale PD have been quite professional.

danxranx
danxranx

Too bad the dude wasnt a better shot. Should have spent more time on the range I guess. Oh well.

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bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@DonkeyHotay If you ever pull your head out of your ass, the first breath of fresh air will surely kill you.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@DonkeyHotay or just more than happy to not get gunned down by an armed meth-head. What would you do if someone was shooting a gun directly at you and you happened to have a gun yourself? I doubt you would take the peaceful route

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@squash Let me get this straight...you prefer having the cops let the bad guy get off at least one shot before responding in kind?  Why not volunteer to be a shield for them to use in these situations?

Obviously, you have never been a cop on a call where the citizen was armed, possibly crazy, and had all of the choices in the world to walk away from the situation and talk it over later in court.

It is always the cop's fault, but you will call them first when your ass is in a jam.

teknik
teknik

@JohnQ.Public because of the way I look I was continuously harassed by the police until I was about 25 years old.  unfortunately I've had many many many bad experiences with police. 


I've always wondered why a trained dog gives the police consent to search someone's car?  Who knows what the dog is trained to do.

A dog trained to that magnitude can be trained to signal.  I've been through dog searches where the dog scratched and signaled to the place the cop tapped twice on the car.

For some reason, lucky for me, that has stopped as I've grown older.  They never found anything on me but having the contents of your car strewn out across the side of the road for no reason sucks.

AZHighways
AZHighways

@danxranx Luckily - the Grandson wasn't shot too - other than the vision that could mentally cripple him of his Grandfather being murdered.  Sick.  Law Enforcement needs to stop the false advertising of "Serve & Protect".  However, I guess one could argue they do serve & protect themselves.

AZHighways
AZHighways

@bob_lablaw96 @AZHighways @danxranx Hopefully a sober, professional Police Person.  That's the idea --- good guys/bad guys ---- it's not ever that cut & dry.  Too many bad guys that are honorable & too many good guys that are not.

AZHighways
AZHighways

@bob_lablaw96 @AZHighways @danxranx I appreciate having the Police to call - don't get me wrong.  I'd just like to see better training & better attitudes with the public the SPD serve.  The Phx PD just seem to have a larger number of honorable professionals that are not so stuck on their egos. (in my humble opinion.)

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