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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Thank you so much for keeping my father's memory in your hearts and prayers. It means so much to me, my mom and sister. There is not a day that goes by that he isn't in my heart, thoughts and prayers. When I look in the mirror, I see my dad. When I look at his grandson and great-grandson I see him. As a public servant on Chicago's south side, in the very community in which he served and died, I feel him. He was a wonderful father and a loving husband and family man, and your reflections remind me of his grace and selflessness as he served his country, his hometown, Chicago and his community.

Sharon Hicks
His oldest Daughter

November 8, 2018

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