ORINDA, Calif. — James Hawkins Jr., the convicted killer who escaped from a Los Angeles courthouse, was shot three times and captured early today when a car chase ended in a 20-minute shoot-out with six lawmen, authorities said.
Hawkins, 40, who was convicted last August of voluntary manslaughter in the 1983 shooting of 19-year-old gang member Anttwon Thomas, was captured about 1:30 a.m. after being wounded in the face, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Sgt. Wayne Willett said.
The chase began after a sheriff's deputy investigated a "suspicious vehicle" parked along a roadway near the Berkeley hills, Willett said.
"The deputy talked to the man and, when he went back to his patrol car to do a radio check, the man took off in his car," Willett said. After a short chase, Hawkins crashed just outside of Orinda, he said.