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Officer John A. Vickers | El Centro Police Department, California El Centro Police Department, California

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John A. Vickers

El Centro Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 3, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 321

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer John Vickers and Officer Arthur Hennesay were shot and killed when they were ambushed as they answered a complaint of a stuck car horn in a motel parking lot.

As Officer Vickers was looking for the owner he was shot three times. Officer Hennesay arrived of the scene and was shot through his windshield. The next officer, arriving on the scene, arrested one suspect, a 22-year-old man, as two others ran from the scene. The other two suspects, a 24-year-old man and his 17-year-old wife, were captured at a nearby motel.

Three hours later the parents, of the first suspect arrested, were found shot to death at a motel they managed in San Diego. The car with the stuck horn belonged to them. All three suspects lived at the motel with them. All three were charged with four counts of murder. The two male suspects were convicted of four counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Vickers had served with the El Centro Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Officer Arthur Kenneth Hennesay
El Centro Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 3, 1977
Cause: Gunfire

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
May 3, 2010

 

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