Police Officer Aubrey Wright Hawkins

Police Officer Aubrey Wright Hawkins

Irving Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 24, 2000

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Aubrey Wright Hawkins

Police 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, and a fourth was executed on December 6, 2018.

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.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 830

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Four executed

robbery

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Aubrey,

I still think of you so often, I also think of our friend, James Burns who recently went to be with the Lord due to leukemia. We all had so much fun together while at St Paul Medical Center Police Department during the 90's! It broke my heart that our agency was eliminated when UT at Southwest took over St Paul and was eventually torn down a few years later. So many fond memories there!!! We were a close family. I'll here some say I wish I can go back in time to relive the good times again and undo certain events, but we all know that is impossible!! All we can do is press forward and cherish the good memories!! Can't believe it has been almost 19 years since we lost you!! Miss you Aubrey, and you too Lori and James!!!

Property Officer Avis Stone
Dallas County Hospital District PD

September 26, 2019

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