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Deputy Sheriff Charles Rollin Wicks | Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Rollin Wicks

Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Monday, June 14, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy Sheriff Charles Wicks was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had just shot a neighbor in Wendling, Oregon. The neighbor had confronted the man to complain about a pile of chicken manure that was in his yard.

As Deputy Wicks approached the man on a footbridge over Shepard Creek (now known as Beaver Creek), the subject opened fire on him, killing him.

The man committed suicide after holding hundreds of officers and citizens at bay for five hours.

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I discovered your story thanks to a "Forgotten Oregon" page on Facebook. There was an unidentified picture posted from Cottage Grove, Oregon of seven handsome young men in early 1900s dress. All of the men were looking gruff with the exception of an especially handsome smirking gentleman on the far left. The charisma from this person leapt off of the 2-D image and I had to find out who he was. Turns out that handsome young man with the playful smile was you, Officer Wicks. It was wonderful and inspiring to learn that you had dedicated your life to your community and unfortunately, to the fullest extent that an officer can. Thank you for your smile and your service, sir. Lula was lucky she got you, if I had been born about a century earlier, I'd have gotten to you first.

Wendy Smith
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August 8, 2017


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