CMPD Says No Charges For MCSO Deputy Accused In Deadly 2018 Domestic Dispute

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CMPD says they will not pursue charges against Rataba Hawkins, who is accused of shooting and killing her husband during a domestic dispute in January of 2018.

The District Attorney’s Office says it cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Hawkins did not act in self-defense against her husband.

The Rataba and her husband James were both deputies with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the shooting. CMPD investigated the case.

You can read the full report by clicking here: James Hawkins Death Investigation

Original Story (January 15, 2018):

CHARLOTTE, NC — CMPD is investigating a domestic violence homicide in northeast Charlotte involving two Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputies.

CMPD was called to a home on Ashley Meadow Drive around 4:09pm. Officers say Deputy James Hawkins was found shot inside, and pronounced dead on the scene by Medic.

Investigators believe he was shot by his wife, Rataba Hawkins, during a domestic dispute, and are not looking for any other suspects.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the couple’s identities Monday night.

Officials say Rataba is currently assigned to Field Operations and has been with MCSO since 2002. Officials say James had been with MCSO since 2005 and was assigned to Arrest Processing.

This is the fourth Charlotte homicide of 2018, all of which have been related to domestic violence.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.