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Police Officer Aubrey Wright Hawkins | Irving Police Department, Texas Irving Police Department, Texas

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Aubrey Wright Hawkins

Irving Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, December 24, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 830

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Six sentenced to death

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Officer Aubrey Hawkins was shot and killed after he and another officer responded to a robbery-in-progress at a local sporting goods store.

Officer Hawkins had arrived at the store approximately three minutes after the call was made, and interrupted the suspects who were handcuffing and tying up the store employees. The suspects opened fire on Officer Hawkins, killing him. The seven suspects had escaped from a Texas prison two weeks prior to the incident when they stormed a guard tower and stole several weapons. Capital murder warrants were issued for all seven suspects.

During the search for the suspects, Colorado State Trooper Jason Manspeaker was killed in an automobile accident while responding to investigate a sighting.

Approximately one month after Officer Hawkins' murder, six of the suspects were apprehended and the seventh committed suicide. All six suspects were convicted of Officer Hawkins' murder and sentenced to death. One was executed on August 14, 2008. The leader of the group was executed on February 29, 2012. A third suspect was executed on February 4, 2015.

Officer Hawkins had served with the Irving Police Department for 14 months. He had previously served with the Kaufman Police Department and Tarrant County Hospital District Police Department for a total of 4 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

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Trooper Jason Lee Manspeaker
Colorado State Patrol, Colorado
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Cause: Automobile crash

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I will never forget that horrible day. At the age of 20 years old, I was glued to the television watching the events unfold. I felt so guilty spending time with my family knowing that your family wouldn't get to see you on Christmas morning. I had such a heavy heart for several days. Thank you for service, Brother. Your life still matters and your legacy will live on.

Police Officer Jeremy Jones
Crandall Police Department
July 26, 2017


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