Patrolman Wendell Hicks

Patrolman Wendell Hicks

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, March 29, 1973

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Wendell Hicks

Patrolman Wendell Hicks was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men who were committing a robbery in the parking lot of a bowling alley.

He was off duty and leaving the bowling alley when he encountered the robbery. He identified himself and started to approach them, prompting one of them to flee in the victim's car. Patrolman Hicks chased the car in his personal vehicle until it crashed on 69th Street. He then chased the suspect into an alley between Michigan Avenue and Indiana Avenue where he was shot.

Both assailants were apprehended and convicted of murder.

Patrolman Hicks was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Chicago Police Department for 14 years. He had been shot and wounded in the line of duty once before, in 1968. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 11561
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

off duty, robbery

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Patrolman Hicks,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 29, 2023

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