On this date, December 24, 2000, Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins of the Irving Police Department, Ohio, was killed in the line of duty. Let us honor this fallen policeman and thank God that some justice was served, as two of the Texas Seven, had been executed and one of them had committed suicide.
|Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins|
Aubrey Wright Hawkins
Irving Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, December 24, 2000
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 830
Incident Date: 12/24/2000
Suspect: Six sentenced to death
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.
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.