Deputy Clifford Ernest Dicker

Deputy Clifford Ernest Dicker

Wythe County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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Clifford Ernest Dicker

Deputy Clifford Dicker was shot and killed by a juvenile suspect he was serving papers on.

As Deputy Dicker entered the residence the 15-year-old suspect shot him in the face with a .22 caliber rifle, wounding him. The suspect then took Deputy Dicker's service weapon and shot him in the head a second time, killing him.

The subject was arrested a short time later and tried as an adult. He plead no contest to Deputy Dicker's murder, and was sentenced to 42 years in prison.

Deputy Dicker was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Wythe County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, two step-daughters and two grandchildren.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 304
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 42 years

juvenile offender, warrant

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John 15.13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Dad was a man that was known by many as a friend.

Twenty-five years ago, today, that friendship was memorialized in his final earthly moment.

But, the end does not tell the entire story.

He laid down his life to God, giving his heart to Christ 20 years earlier. Faithfully serving in local church ministries, he was a friend of God.

He laid down his life for his family, in marriage from 1958 to 1987 to mom till her passing; and then 1988 to 1994 to Sue. Providing for the physical, emotional and instructional needs of three children and two step-children. He was a friend to his family.

He laid down his life for his country, retiring after 20 years of service, which encompassed the entire Viet Nam era. He was a friend to America.

He laid down his life for his community, serving 14 years with the Wythe County Sheriff's Office, until that fateful day.

Yes, on Dec 6, 1994, Dad gave the ultimate sacrifice. But that moment was only a culmination of a lifetime of being a Friend to everyone he came in contact with.

We love him and miss him and look forward to the day we are reunited with him.

Thank you to all our friends for your prayers!


December 6, 2019

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