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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Sunday, February 2, 2014

1904: JEROME; Miguel Medina Shot by Officer Hawkins, February 2.

Verde Heritage


"Early Tuesday evening, says the Jerome News, Officer Fred Hawkins was called to the east side of town by a Mexican who said that Miguel Medina had broken down the door of his house and driven him and his family into the streets. Officer Hawkins, in company with the Mexican and a friend, went to the scene of the trouble, which was located in the section of Jerome east of the city bastile, where he found conditions as represented."

"The officer approached Medina to arrest him, when the Mexican pulled a knife and made for Fred when he pulled his gun and shot at Medina, he, the Mexican, then turned and ran, when the officer fired again, killing his man, one shot going through the head."

"Deceased was a very ugly man when drunk, and had given the officers much trouble in the past. A couple of years ago he, with a number of companions, attacked Officer Hawkins, when the officer was compelled to do some shooting to protect his life, but at that time securing no results."

(The Coconino Sun; Flagstaff; February 6, 1904; page 1, column 2.)

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