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Detective Sergeant Samuel A. Hicks | King County Sheriff's Office, Washington King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

Detective Sergeant

Samuel A. Hicks

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch: Thursday, June 24, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/24/1982

Weapon: Rifle; .308 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Samuel Hicks was shot and killed by a murder suspect in a rural area of King County east of Seattle. Sergeant Hicks and another investigator had gone to the location to verify the accuracy of a tip given to them in a murder investigation. While at the scene they encountered the suspect as they were driving down a long, wooded driveway.

The suspect opened fire on their patrol car with high powered rifle. As the officers returned fire and attempted to locate cover Sergeant Hicks was struck in the chest and killed.

The suspect was taken into custody following the incident and convicted of murdering Sergeant Hicks. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Hicks had served with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 13, 2012

 

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