Police Officer Connie Smith Hawkins

Police Officer Connie Smith Hawkins

Chester City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, July 1, 1993

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Connie Smith Hawkins

Police Officer Connie Hawkins was shot and killed when she responded to a 911 hangup call in the 200 block of West Fifth Street at approximately 11:30 pm.

When she knocked on the door a man inside suddenly opened it and fired one shot, fatally wounding her. The man, who was a Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer, then murdered his ex-girlfriend before fleeing the home.

He was later stopped by the Delaware State Police and arrested for DUI. The gun used to murder Officer Hawkins was located in the vehicle. The man was convicted of Officer Hawkins' murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Hawkins had served with the Chester Police Department for three years. She is survived by her husband and son.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 84

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death


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I was in law enforcement for 35 yrs(over 1/2 my life) in various aspects. As an armed security guard in 69th St Terminal over a yr, as a Police Officer with the Del. Co. Park Police for over 5 yrs, as a Death Investigator with the Del. Co. Medical Examiner for over 17 yrs., and as a Deputy with the Del. Co. Sheriff's Office for 10 1/2 yes.
In my experience I have worked along side numerous Police Departments & agencies(local, county, state & feds). I have always considered these people my brothers & sisters.
In my 17+ yrs. at the M E's office I had the heart wrenching experience of removing 2 bloodied badges. The badges of 2 heroes, 2 partners, 2 friends gunned down, brutally murdered in cold blood.
The 1st July 1, 1993 a "girl cop" named Hawkins, Officer Connie Hawkins. The 2nd some 8 yrs later a boy cop with a girl's name, Beverly, Cpl Michael Beverly.
I would like to think that they are back on patrol, together in a quieter sector known as heaven under with watchful eyes of God & St Michael, protector of the heavens & patron Saint of law enforcement.
Rest in peace.

Deputy Denis M. Cavanagh, Ret.
Delaware County Sheriff's Office

July 1, 2021

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