Detective Sergeant Samuel A. Hicks

Detective Sergeant Samuel A. Hicks

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Thursday, June 24, 1982

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Samuel A. Hicks

Sergeant Samuel Hicks was shot and killed by a murder suspect in a rural area of King County east of Seattle. Sergeant Hicks and another investigator had gone to the location to verify the accuracy of a tip given to them in a murder investigation. While at the scene they encountered the suspect as they were driving down a long, wooded driveway.

The suspect opened fire on their patrol car with high powered rifle. As the officers returned fire and attempted to locate cover Sergeant Hicks was struck in the chest and killed.

The suspect was taken into custody following the incident and convicted of murdering Sergeant Hicks. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Sergeant Hicks had served with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .308 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I had arrested Bobby Hughes about 3 years earlier for Armed Robbery. I almost shot him as he failed to respond to orders to surrender. He later died in prison stabbed by a fellow felon. Justice finally came for Sam, although late.
I think of Sam often and wished I had ended Hughe's life the day I arrested him. I so, Sam would still be alive and enjoying his grandchildren.
Hardly a day goes by without a thought of Sam. I pray that the Family is doing well and Sam, I'm getting old now, so we will meet again soon. You were a great cop and a great guy. All of us at KCSO know that. Rest in His loving arms until then.

Reserve Deputy Luke Warfield

December 27, 2017

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