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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Hi my cousin I wish a chance to get to know you. Even though I was 12 when you left I remember your passing and your funeral. You where a hero. So many people came to say goodbye. I was proud of you and remain so 46 years later. Rest in the arms of Lord with Eric Lee another Officer another member of the family who’s Badge hangs near your and like you a hero too! Until I see you, Sylvia M. oldest son.


July 8, 2020

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