Constable John A. Hickman

Constable John A. Hickman

Roane County Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, April 17, 1897

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John A. Hickman

Constable John Hickman was shot and killed while attempting to serve a capias on a juvenile offender outside of Kingston, Tennessee.

The juvenile had made threats that he would not be arrested, prompting Constable Hickman to deputize a citizen to assist him. As they approached the boy, the subject pulled out a pistol and shot Constable Hickman multiple times. He then shot and stabbed the deputized citizen before fleeing the area with his father.

The boy was eventually arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Constable Hickman was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

warrant service, juvenile offender

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Constable Hickman,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Roane County.


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April 17, 2022

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