Officer Howard Kenton Hicks

Officer Howard Kenton Hicks

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, June 23, 1972

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Howard Kenton Hicks

Officer Howard Hicks succumbed to gunshot wounds received four years earlier when he stopped a man for DUI.

He was off duty when he observed the suspected DUI driver South Central Expressway and Overton Road. When the man stopped in a parking lot, in the 3200 block of Southern Oaks Boulevard, Officer Hicks approached him, showed his badge, and told the man he was under arrest. The man pulled out a gun and shot Officer Hicks in the neck, causing paralysis. Officer Hicks remained a quadriplegic until his death four years later.

Officer Hicks was able to identify the shooter, and he was sentenced to 25 years for assault to murder a police officer.

Officer Hicks was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2374
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 18, 1968
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

Impaired Driver, off duty

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Still miss you Kenny... I loved all my boy cousins, even though y'all teased me mercilessly. So much tragedy in the family. Your parents and sister Jackie killed in a car accident left you and your brother Dan all alone. When you died too it was just surreal. Rest in peace ...

Glenna Preston
Cousin, family

April 5, 2023

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