NWGA Scanner | February 4th, 2021
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 at around 7:46 PM, Investigator Clayton along with multiple officers from FCPD and Deputies from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, responded to 23 East Drive in reference to a male that had been shot in the chest. While in route 911 Dispatch advised units that the offender left the area walking and that he lived close by. PFC Zachary Doan and PFC Carlos Ribot arrived at the residence a few minutes after being dispatched. No other information was provided to the officers, so they did not know if the suspect that was armed and dangerous was waiting for them or if he was gone. Officer Doan ran to the victim, later identified as Francisco Miguel Pablo, 30 of Rome placing himself at risk without knowing where the suspect was. Officer Ribot grabbed his medical bag and the AED and ran to the victim’s location. Officer Doan realized that Francisco had a gunshot wound to the chest, and he rapidly applied a chest seal. Francisco was in pain and stating that he was unable to breathe. While Officer Doan was trying to apply the chest seal, Officer Ribot grabbed the 14inch decompression needle. Officer believed it was possible that Francisco was suffering from tension pneumothorax, and this is something it is seen when people are injured around the chest area from gunshot wounds. Officers continued life-saving measures while waiting for EMS and further units. EMS arrived on the scene shortly after and took over patient care. Officer Ribot talked with Francisco in Spanish, trying to help calm him down and provide positive comments in order to keep him positive due to his serious injury. During this time, Investigator Clayton and Sgt. Penny learned the suspect in the shooting was next door at 21 East Drive. Officers observed Charles Vincent Hawkins, 70, of Rome standing near the carport of 21 East Drive and approached him. Hawkins was detained and placed into handcuffs. According to Jail records, a cell phone video shows Hawkins standing over the man with a firearm as Francisco bled from his chest. During questioning, Hawkins admitted to shooting Francisco and made comments that it was in reference to him playing loud music from his vehicle. During the course of the investigation, probable cause was developed to make an arrest on Hawkins. He was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, misdemeanor reckless conduct and discharging a gun on a public street. He remains in jail with no bond.