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Constable James Ben Wicker | Ellis County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas Ellis County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

Constable

James Ben Wicker

Ellis County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 10, 1962

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 65

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/22/1962

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Executed in 1964

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Constable Wicker succumbed to gunshot wounds received three weeks earlier when he was shot after responding to a shots fired call at a cafe in Ferris, Texas. Constable Wicker was searching several men when one of them suddenly pulled a handgun and opened fire, striking Constable Wicker several times before he had a chance to draw his own weapon. The suspect was apprehended, sentenced to death, and executed on March 11, 1964.
Constable Wicker was a retired Dallas police officer.

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The City of Ferris Police Department displays Ben Wicker's portrait in an honored place in the lobby of the Police Department Headquarters building. A number of honorable elderly residents of Ferris Texas still recall Ben Wicker and they remember him in a very positive way. Ben Wicker often worked alone with no one to assist him. Much of the time, Ben Wicker was the only law enforcement officer available to Ferris area residents. He was obviously very popular with the community, and obviously missed by many.

Investigator Walter "Gator" Weiss
Ferris Police Department
October 6, 2013

 

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