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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

Weapon: Rifle; .308 caliber

Offender: 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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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 24, 2015


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