Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # Not available
Offender: Commuted to life
Deputy Constable Michael Eakin was shot and killed after making a traffic stop. As he was checking the vehicle's license plates the passenger exited the car and fled on foot. Deputy Constable Eakin pursued him and a scuffle ensued, at which time he was shot in the neck.
Several other people who were in the vehicle at the time were arrested by other responding deputies. The 17-year-old suspect was sentenced to death on May 25th, 1999. The killer's sentence was commuted to life in prison in March 2005 when the United States Supreme Court ruled that the execution of criminals who committed their crimes as a juvenile was unconstitutional.
Deputy Constable Eakin had served with the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office for three years. He was survived by his fiancee, mother, father, and family who served as his guardian when he was a teenager.