Deputy Clifford Ernest Dicker

Deputy Clifford Ernest Dicker

Wythe County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 6, 1994

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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Knowing the history of parole in VA, I know there is virtually no chance your killer we be granted parole. It is unfortunate that they let him plead down to murder 2. I looked him up in the DOC and it says he has a release date of 2020. He was supposed to be freed a few years earlier but that was extended for poor behavior. While I do have sympathy for someone with a terrible childhood, I don't think he should get out at an age when can still harm others. Christopher wheeler will be about 41-42 years old when released. I feel it is only fair that he be imprisoned at least until he is 57, the same age when you died.


July 28, 2017

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