Officer Teresa Jean Hawkins

Officer Teresa Jean Hawkins

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, August 17, 1993

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Teresa Jean Hawkins

Officer Teresa Hawkins was killed in a vehicle crash at East 36th Street and Emerson Avenue while she was responding to a domestic disturbance.

Officer Hawkins' squad car was struck on the driver's side door by an intoxicated driver who ran a stop sign, pushing her squad car into a utility pole. The man fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended.

The suspect pleaded guilty to felony charges of reckless homicide, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death, and driving with a blood-alcohol content over the legal limit, 0.19, causing death. The 21-year-old offender was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Officer Hawkins had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for five years and was assigned to the East District. She was survived by her four brothers, four sisters, and parents.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2419

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 8 years

DUI, hit-and-run, vehicle crash

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Officer Hawkins,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Indianapolis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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