Deputy Constable William Emory Hicks

Deputy Constable William Emory Hicks

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 14, 1923

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William Emory Hicks

Deputy Constable William Hicks was shot and killed by a federal prohibition agent in a case of mistaken identity at the Sims Bayou bridge along the Houston-Galveston Road.

Constable Hicks and another constable came across the two federal agents transferring a case of confiscated liquor into their car. Believing the federal agents were bootleggers, the constables confronted them. The two federal agents also thought the two constables were bootleggers and a shootout ensued in which Constable Hicks was fatally wounded.

Deputy Constable Hicks was survived by his mother, three brothers, and one sister.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 13, 1923

mistaken identity, traffic stop

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Constable Hicks,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Harris County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 14, 2023

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