Mitchell man threatens driver and is arrested

MITCHELL – A Mitchell man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to a call on October 21, 2022, at 12:18 p.m. from a female requesting to speak to an officer.

Shawn Hawk

When the officer arrived, a male and female told the deputy they had traveled on Meridian Road to get to their residence. Soon after, 61-year-old Shawn Hawk showed up in a brown Ford Fusion at their home.

Hawk was upset with the male who drove past his home on Meridian Road saying “I have dogs that run loose at my home and if you don’t know how to obey the speed limit why don’t you park that piece of (explicit) vehicle and flush the keys down the (explicit) toilet”

The male and Hawk argued about Hawk allowing his dogs to run loose in the roadway.

Hawk threatened to shoot the male and “put a .308 through the windshield”. Hawk then returned to his vehicle and left. 

According to the male, this was not the first time they had an issue with Hawk harassing them. Hawk allegedly has taken photos of their vehicles and has repeatedly driven by their home. Hawk also allegedly has followed them before, leaving their home. Hawk has also previously thrown rocks at their vehicles when they went by Hawk’s home, causing damage to their vehicles.

Hawk told the deputy he did follow the male to his home after seeing him speed and spoke to the driver. Hawk admitted the two did argue and he had threatened the male driver. Hawk then stated that he decided there was a better way to handle the situation, returned home, and called the Sheriff’s Department. He also told police he did not own a gun because he was a convicted felon.

Hawk told the deputy “a lot of times a threat like that will get people thinking, is this guy stupid or crazy enough to do something like that?”

On October 21, 2022, the deputy spoke again to the male and female who told the deputy they were frightened and startled by Hawk’s actions. 

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Hawk’s arrest on a felony charge of intimidation.