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 burglarizing parked cars. Officer Hicks was off-duty at a bowling alley when a citizen came in and reported that the two men were breaking into cars.

Officer Hicks immediately responded to the parking lot and began chasing the offenders in his personal car. The vehicle crashed a short distance away. As Officer Hicks exited his vehicle, one of the men opened fire. Officer Hicks was fatally wounded. Both assailants were apprehended and convicted of murder.

Officer Hicks, a U. S. Air Force veteran, 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

burglary in progress

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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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