Michael Hawkins and his partner, a Houston police officer, pulled up to a Memorial City gas station last week, responding to a report of a possibly suicidal man.
Hawkins, a social worker, calmly inquired about the man’s condition through a cloth mask while he rested his hands on his bulletproof vest. The man, who was sitting on a concrete box, told Hawkins he had been drinking straight vodka since 6 a.m. He hadn’t eaten in several days. He said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and saw images of a naked woman.
“Are you hearing voices, too? Anything like that?” Hawkins asked.