Patrolman William Rankin Hickman

Patrolman William Rankin Hickman

Jackson Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, April 13, 1981

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William Rankin Hickman

Patrolman William Hickman was shot and killed after responding to a weapon violation call at a bar at 924 Lynch Street.

A woman had called 911 to report that a man was chasing her with a shotgun down Lynch Street. Several minutes later another caller stated gunshots had been fired in a nearby alley.

When Patrolman Hickman and his partner arrived on the scene they encountered the man sitting in front of the bar with a shotgun on his lap. As the officers exited their patrol car the man opened fire, killing Patrolman Hickman. Patrolman Hickman's partner returned fire, wounding the suspect.

The suspect, 58, a drifter and former mental patient, was charged with murder.

Patrolman Hickman had served with the Jackson Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and wounded

EDP, weapons violation

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I was only 15 years old when this incident happened to you. I later met and trained with many of your comrades with JPD. You were highly respected by your peers and I was given the inside details to this terrible incident. I became a police officer and spent many years doing it, and I have thought of you often... R.I.P. my brother in blue!

Former Patrolman and Deputy
Pearl Police Department and Scott Co SO

January 29, 2021

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