Constable James Ben Wicker

Constable James Ben Wicker

Ellis County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, October 10, 1962

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James Ben Wicker

Constable Ben Wicker succumbed to gunshot wounds received three weeks earlier when he was shot after responding to a shots fired call at a cafe in Ferris, Texas.

Constable Wicker was searching several men when one of them suddenly pulled a handgun and opened fire, striking Constable Wicker several times before he had a chance to draw his own weapon.

The suspect was apprehended, sentenced to death, and executed on March 11, 1964.

Constable Wicker had served with the Ellis County Constable's Office - Precinct 2 for four years and simultaneously served as the Ferris City Marshal for eight years. He retired from the Dallas Police Department. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 34 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 22, 1962
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Executed in 1964

arrest attempt, shots fired, shots fired call

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Ben Wicker was my grandfather. I was never able to meet him as he was taken from us before I was born. He is still greatly missed by his family.
I love the stories that have been told about him I appreciate you sharing them.
Thank you to everyone that has reached out to thank him for his service and sacrifice.

Karla Perez

April 5, 2024

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