Police: Man pulls gun on stranger who said ‘hello’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  A Memphis man is locked up after police say he pulled a gun on stranger who was just saying hello.

“I ain’t never seen nothing like it, you speak to someone and they pull a gun on you. That’s crazy!” Karlos Miller said.

Miller says Vincent Hawkins threatened his life Tuesday in front of his home at the Barbara Estate apartments on Exchange Avenue.

Miller says he doesn’t know Hawkins, and only spoke to Hawkins as he was walking down the street.

“What did you say?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.

“’How you doing? You alright?’” replied Miller.

Miller says that’s when Hawkins pulled out a gun, put it to Miller’s forehead, and threatened to kill him.

“What did you do?” asked Preston.

“What you mean, what I do?! I tried to get away! I’ve been shot before, I wasn’t trying to get shot again,” replied Miller.

Miller ran inside and called police.

Ten minutes later, he walked back outside.

That’s when he says Hawkins drove up in a car, got out, and threatened to kill Miller again.

“He pulled up with three guns. I said Lord have mercy! This man is in the army, he fitting to kill me,” Miller said.

Police then arrived and arrested Hawkins.

Court records show he’s been locked up several times before for extreme run-ins with others.

Hawkins was convicted of aggravated assault in 2010. His victim told police Hawkins beat her with a tree branch and hit her with a car after she turned him down at a party.

Hawkins is behind bars on $50,000 bond.

“I feel safe. I don`t have to look back. I just got of jail, I ain’t trying to go back,” said Miller.

7 comments

      • Dr. JohnS

        I thought my case was bad but it does not even compare to this man’s. I was out for my daily walk and as normal I greet who ever is out. I past a bus stop and said hello the man sitting there. I kept walking the guy got up and yelled at me, I turned around and this fellow weighing 300 pounds or more and over 6 foot was mad and was going to beat the he** out me. “Don’t you dare interrupt me when I am eating. It was then I saw he had a KFC spread on the bench. I picked up the closest thing I could for fear the man was coming after me. I had no idea with the advertisements on the windows he was enjoying a picnic furnished by KFC.

  • Chris W wears his sister's G string

    How is your woman John S doing Chris Jr? You white Devil friend is so racist yet he wants to blame the whites and looks what he says. Is that your cousin? You need to take control of him before someone shows up too his shack.

  • Don

    Court records show he’s been locked up several times before for extreme run-ins with others.
    Same as the shooter I read about in Sealtle. the guy killed one and injured other. and he was a known mental case.
    Both of these could have been avoided, but no one did anything about it. When will we learn

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