Hero Down: Panola County Constable Eula Ray Hawkins Killed By Fleeing Teens

Panola County Constable Eula Ray “Raye” Hawkins devoted 29 years to his law enforcement career.

Batesville, MS – Panola County Constable Eula Ray “Raye” Hawkins was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, when two teens in a stolen pickup crashed into his patrol car.

The incident began at approximately 2 p.m., when a Tallahatchie County deputy spotted a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado that had been reported as stolen, WREG reported.

The suspects, later identified as 15-year-old Jonathan Taylor and 16-year-old Darion Dogan, refused to pull over, and led police on a pursuit into Panola County.

Constable Hawkins, 57, responded to the scene by heading south on Highway 35 in his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis patrol vehicle, WHBQ reported.

Meanwhile, Taylor and Dogan were heading northbound on the same roadway.

“The speed we believe the vehicle was going there was nothing [Constable Hawkins] could do,” District Attorney John Champion told WHBQ. “They crashed right into him and crushed him under the vehicle.”

Champion said that the force of the impact left the constable’s vehicle “crushed and mangled,” and killed him instantly, The Washington Post reported.

Constable Hawkins’ son, a Batesville police officer, was among the first law enforcement officers to arrive at the scene, Batesville Police Chief John McCloud told WREG.

“It’s a hard time,” Chief McCloud said. “It’s just a heartbreaking experience.”

Taylor and Dogan were uninjured in the crash, WMC reported.

They have been arrested on murder charges, and will be tried as adults, according to Champion.

"You see so much of this happen with these young kids who, in my opinion, don't care or don't understand the value of human life," the district attorney told WREG.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal collision.

Constable Hawkins began his law enforcement career in 1990, when he was hired by the Batesville Police Department (BPD), WHBQ reported.

He later joined the Panola County Constable’s Office (PCCO), but continued to work closely with his colleagues at the BPD.

“Raye Hawkins was the kind of public servant that he came to help any time we had a problem in Batesville,” Chief McCloud said, according to WMC. “If Raye was in ear-shot of that radio, he was coming to help.”

Constable Hawkins dedicated 29 years of his life to his law enforcement career, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

“I’m devastated,” Champion told WHBQ. “I’ve been here 26 years and I’ve known him the whole I’m I’ve been here. It’s just an absolute tragedy that never should have happened.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Panola County Constable Eula Ray “Raye” Hawkins, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Constable Eula Ray “Raye” Hawkins, your life mattered.

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flybynight
flybynight

"The suspects, later identified as 15-year-old Jonathan Taylor and 16-year-old Darion Dogan, refused to pull over, and led police on a pursuit into Panola County".

🤔

Njaz
Njaz

Lock them up - loose the key. This may let them know life is precious. Their own life lost could knock this truth into them. So so sorry for the loss of all those who loved this hero. 😒🇺🇸🇺🇸

junkmansj
junkmansj

R.I.P. SIR, YOUR FRIENDS WILL FINISH YOUR WATCH.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

I’m over 60 and have seen this race of people, over the years, degrade and bring shame to themselves. I’m not a racist. Can’t they see they’re not earning any respect? Freedom from slavery has not helped them but bringing destruction to themselves and not only this country but around the world.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

FKING PUNKS NEED A JEFFERY EPSTEIN SEND OFF .. HANG THE FKING PUNKS. EVERY DAY Blue Lives Matter comes to my e - mail and a 1/2 DOZEN L.E.O.'s are DEAD. IT IS TIME FOR THE SCALES TO TIP THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. I AM JUST A CITIZEN PISSED OFF BECAUSE L.E.O.''s ARE BEING MURDERED FASTER THAN THE GRADUATE from the Acadamy. IT IS TIME FOR THE PURP's BODY COUNT to QUADRUPLE !. 👹👹👹👹👹

Stanracer
Stanracer

The usual suspects. Lock them up forever.☹

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, Constable Hawkins. May God comfort your family, both blood and blue. It is always heartbreaking to lose a LEO at any time, but it hurts particularly hard near any holiday, especially Christmas. Thank you for almost 3 decades of service to your community.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Start suing the parent(s). They are responsible for their kids upbringing. This disgusting behavior has to stop. My heart goes out to this officers family. He dedicated his life to public service yet these li'l thugs in their short lives took his for nothing. Rot in prison. I wish your parent(s) could join you.

AlwaysTrumper
AlwaysTrumper

Anytime an article headline reads "teens" we don't have to guess who they are.

Dixiedamit2
Dixiedamit2

They should be sitting in jail not a juvenile detention center where they can still roam around and possibly make a run for it. Article said being tried as adults...let's hope so. There is NO WAY these 2 can be rehabilitated in the juvenile system. Definately look as though this isn't their first confrontation with the law.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I think they should get the death penalty why should the state have to support for the next 60 years also if the states would make the trial swift an the execution swifter it could very well slow the crime rate

investigator
investigator

It's just too bad we can't hang the bastards!! I am so sick and tired of teens causing such death and destruction....I have five sons and two daughters and cannot even imagine any one of them acting this way. My sincere condolences to the family of Officer Hawkins, both Blood and Blue. So damn sad!!

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

This man's son must have some serious restraint. A LOT of people that came up on this and seen their father mangled would have beat these two little bastards to death. So sorry he had to witness this

GMMiller
GMMiller

These 2 idiots can now say goodbye the the rest of their lives, whatever dreams they had whatever aspirations for the future.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#FatalTactics

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

To die on the job is, in my eyes, better than the alternative. To die instantly rather than suffer is better than the alternative. I'm dealing with some shit at present and this influences my statement. The poster the commended the self-control of this officers son was spot on. This has been a very bad year.

HelenEHendrickson
HelenEHendrickson

Praying for the family both blood and blue

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

My thoughts, & prayers for the family, & friends. So sorry, for everyones loss. So sad, so close to retirement. Such a tragedy, for both sides.😢❤🙏🙏🙏

Schick56
Schick56

🙏🙏🙏🙏

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

But heaven forbid a police officer if he was to throw one of these out of control teenagers on the ground in self defense. These “kids” can either be man handled sooner than later or end up in prison or dead and the inmates will definitely man handle them.

We9erfam
We9erfam

RIP CONSTABLE HAWKINGS. I truly hope these boys understand that they just scored there self's life in Prison without the possibility of parole.