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.

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 scene following the crash.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge CC2

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with murder

juvenile offender, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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Constable Hawkins, how tragic that these kids caused your death. They no doubt saw the whole event as a big game. The naïvete of these children has taken a hero from all who know and love him best, as well as all those in his extended family in blue.

The only two line of duty deaths in my home town were due to a stupid kid in a stolen car who caused to very good men to crash while trying to stop them. It's heartbreaking and infuriating and so unnecessary.

Brother, we mourn and honor you here and our prayers go out to all you leave behind, and most especially to your son who had to witness your passing. He too, is truly a hero, albeit a reluctant one.

Ptl. Jim Leahy,
Harvard University Police Department

January 15, 2020

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