February 16, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Hawkins Autopsy Results

The Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that Michael D. Hawkins died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia, with significant old infarcts of the heart muscle, and toxic levels of methamphetamine. The manner of the death has been ruled an accident.

Hawkins was arrested by Springfield Police on December 20, 2009, at the Eagles Lodge Motel, 2611 N. Glenstone, for burglary and resisting arrest.

Police had received a call from motel management that someone was hiding in a storage room and refusing to come out. When officers arrived they found Hawkins hiding in a crawl space. He was given several verbal commands to come out of the crawl space and he refused. Police entered the crawl space and during their attempts to arrest Hawkins he was bitten on the upper right leg by a police service dog. As the dog engaged the suspect in the crawl space, the dog broke through the ceiling and fell onto the balcony. The suspect was able to hold onto a rafter and climb back into the crawl space.

As Hawkins continued to resist arrest by refusing to obey commands from officers, a Taser was deployed. The autopsy revealed that only one probe of the Taser entered the body.

After Hawkins was taken into custody by police he was transported to a local hospital for the bite wound. After arriving at the hospital he died.

For further information regarding the autopsy contact the Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office.

SPD Case Number: 09-55404

Media Contact: Interim/Chief Ron Hartman, phone: 417-864-1782; Release authorized by: Interim/Chief Ron Hartman

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South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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