Constable Eula Ray "Raye" Hawkins

Constable Eula Ray "Raye" Hawkins

Panola County Constable's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, December 12, 2019

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Eula Ray "Raye" Hawkins

Constable Raye Hawkins was killed when his vehicle was struck by a stolen pickup truck being pursued by other officers at around 2:30 pm.

The pursuit started in Tallahatchie County when deputies attempted to stop the stolen vehicle that was occupied by two juvenile offenders. The juveniles lead the deputies on a pursuit that entered Panola County and continued towards Batesville. Constable Hawkins was responding to assist in the pursuit when the vehicle struck his car at a high rate of speed at the intersection of Route 35 and Route 6, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

Both juveniles were taken into custody and charged as adults with felony murder. One subject was sentenced to 40 years in prison and the second was sentenced to 30 years.

Constable Hawkins had served in law enforcement for 29 years. His son is a police officer with the Batesville Police Department and was one of the first officers on the scene following the crash.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge CC2

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years

juvenile offender, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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it will be 4 years today and it still seems like yesterday.. I am glad to say I can steal remember Raye leaving my house on 12/11 and as he did as he did when he left or done with our phone call was to tell me LOVE YA SIS
It has taken me years to even go back on to the things that were being done to honor him and Raye I can always see Raye .. yall did that all for me...
everyone loved Raye and as a sister can tell you he could be a pain in the but sometimes but he was the best of the best brother.

Diane Tutor (sister)
Panola County MS

December 12, 2023

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