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