Javon Hawkins, 21

Kansas City, Missouri
July 09, 2015

Agencies: Kansas City Police Department - Missouri

Cause of death: Shooting

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Hawkins died at a hospital overnight after a Kansas City police officer shot him in the park on Gregory Boulevard, just west of the Paseo, late Thursday afternoon. Police said Hawkins was armed with a sword and threatened a police officer, who shot him. The officer had responded about 4:45 p.m. to a report that Hawkins was swinging the sword at passers-by and vehicles. A police officer confronted Hawkins and asked him to put the sword down, said Capt. Tye Grant, a police spokesman. Hawkins did not, Grant said, and the officer felt threatened and shot the man in the torso. Neighbors living near the park said they heard four shots.