Sergeant John Robert Vicha

Sergeant John Robert Vicha

Waco Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, August 29, 1989

John Robert Vicha

Sergeant John Vicha was shot and killed while attempting to stop his brother-in-law from murdering his family at their home in Axtell. Sergeant Vicha's parents were also killed in the incident.

The suspect was sentenced to death in two separate trials in 1990 and 2008. Another appeal was denied in 2018.

Sergeant Vicha was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Waco Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his two children and sister.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

at home, domestic, off duty

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I remember you as a dedicated officer and a great man. We had many laughs and good times at Waco PD as well as other settings. You are greatly missed.

Julie (Congelli) Dixon

August 29, 2016

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