A Mississippi police officer was killed on Thursday while joining an ongoing chase involving two teens and a stolen car.
Officers were reportedly chasing Darion Dogan, 16, and Johnathan Taylor, 15, in a stolen car, when they crashed into Panola County constable Eula Ray Hawkins, 57, as he responded to the ongoing pursuit. WHBQ reported that Hawkins’ son is a Batesville police officer who was one of the first officers to arrive at the deadly wreck.
Officials alleged that the teens had stolen a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado from a neighboring county and were speeding through Batesville when they crashed into Hawkins’ car on Highway 35 South and Highway 6. District Attorney John Champion told the news station that Hawkins was crushed under the stolen vehicle.
Dogan and Taylor were charged with felony murder and will be prosecuted as adults. They are being held in a juvenile detention center in DeSoto County.
The crash remains under investigation.
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[Featured image: Eula Ray Hawkins/WREG]