Police Officer Raymond Earl Hicks, Sr.

Police Officer Raymond Earl Hicks, Sr.

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, August 17, 1976

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Raymond Earl Hicks, Sr.

Officer Raymond Hicks was shot and killed by a narcotics suspect.

He was shot in the chest as he and four other officers searched a home in Inglewood for drugs. The homeowner, 31, was charged with murder and possession of illegal drugs. On February 7, 1977, charges against the suspect were dismissed. The judge said the search warrant was improper.

Officer Hicks was a United States Vietnam War Army veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 12035
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Charges dismissed

narcotics, warrant service

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May 13 , 1968 was the first day I rode in a police car. I was working University Division. Another LAPD officer Oscar Joel Bryant was murdered that day . Ray was my partner and I am sure no cop ever forgets their first day and first partner. I only worked with Ray for two days but learned things that kept me alive repeatedly over my career. He introduced me to his friends in the community and he was really liked by those he served. I was out of state when he was murdered and regrettable missed his funeral . At night he is included in my prayers and I thank God I was given the opportunity to know him.

William J. Figueroa Sgt.

March 9, 2023

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