Officer Howard Kenton Hicks

Officer Howard Kenton Hicks

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, June 23, 1972

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Howard Kenton Hicks

Officer Howard Hicks succumbed to gunshot wounds received four years earlier when he stopped a man for DUI.

He was off duty when he observed the suspected DUI driver. When the man stopped in a parking lot Officer Hicks approached him, showed his badge, and told the man he was under arrest. The man pulled out a gun and shot Officer Hicks in the neck, causing paralysis. Officer Hicks was able to identify the shooter and he was sentenced to 25 years for assault to murder a police officer.

Officer Hicks remained a quadriplegic until his death four years later. He had been with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2374

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 18, 1968
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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You are the true definition of duty before self sir. Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice is one that will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 23, 2020

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