State trooper commits suicide during query on domestic fight Officer's wife reported dispute at Odenton home

June 29, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Peter Hermann contributed to this article.

A Maryland state trooper committed suicide at his Odenton home yesterday while being questioned by Anne Arundel County police about a domestic dispute.

Ronald M. Hawkins, 32, of the 500 block of Realm Court East was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital shortly before 2: 30 a.m.

County police said they went to the Hawkins residence shortly before 1: 30 a.m. after Terrie A. Hawkins, Ronald's wife, called police. While Officer Paul White was talking to the couple to find out the reason for the argument, Mr. Hawkins ran upstairs to a second-floor bedroom.

White followed him, but within seconds, Mr. Hawkins picked up a handgun and fired one shot into his head, police said.

County police are not certain whether the gun was the officer's service weapon or a personal weapon.

Mrs. Hawkins was not injured. It was the first time police had been called to the home.

Hawkins was a trooper first class assigned to the College Park barracks. He had 10 years of service with the state police and had previously served in the Forestville barracks.

He was the father of two sons.

This is the second time in two years a state trooper has committed suicide. Last year state police Cpl. Mark Anthony DiPietro Sr., 40, committed suicide in Carroll County with a shotgun in his cruiser Sept. 13 while off duty.

The Odenton branch of Citizens National Bank in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road is setting up a memorial fund for Mrs. Hawkins and her two sons. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Ronald Hawkins Memorial Fund should call the bank at 551-6200.

Pub Date: 6/29/96

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