Police Officer Henry John Hicks

Police Officer Henry John Hicks

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, December 24, 1946

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Henry John Hicks

Police Officer Hicks was shot and killed after encountering two runaway juveniles on Frankford Avenue, near Ruan Street. The two juveniles had fled their homes in New Jersey and crossed into Philadelphia, where they were stopped by Officer Hicks.

When the two juveniles told Officer Hicks they were running away to Florida he informed them the best place for them to be was at home and that he would pay for their return trip to New Jersey. One of the boys suddenly produced a 9 mm Luger handgun and shot Officer Hicks three times.

Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Hicks grabbed onto the juvenile and would not let go. The second juvenile then took Officer Hicks' night stick and beat him with it, causing him to break his grip. The juvenile then stole his service revolver and both boys fled the area.

Both boys was arrested and sentenced to only a few years in prison for the murder.

Officer Hicks had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 3062

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Convicted

juvenile offender, runaway

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Rest in peace always knowing that your law enforcement brethren will never forget your service and sacrifice. Merry Christmas to you and all your family and loved ones.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 24, 2020

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