On Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 at approximately 4:30 p.m., War Police Department along with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in the War area of McDowell County.

Officers found a Patty Hawkins of War unresponsive. She was transported by JanCare Ambulance to Welch Hospital where she later died. Her son who lives at the residence was arrested and Charged with Murder.

Pete Douglas Hawkins was arraigned before Magistrate Richard VanDyke and no bond of was set.

He was remanded into the McDowell County Holding unit awaiting transport to the southwestern regional jail. 

This is still an ongoing investigation and if anyone has any information please contact either the War Police Department or the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

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