19, 1921, Officer Carl J. Bickett, in plainclothes,
was attempting a raid on a room in the Arcadia
hotel at 322 W. 12th Street, when the man
he was questioning ran. Bickett chased the
man into an alley between Central Street
and Broadway, where a gunfight occurred.
The assailant escaped, and Bickett was fatally
wounded. Bickett was discovered lying in
front of the La Casa Hotel (325 West 11th
Street), his gun in his right hand and his
police star in his left. A suspect, John D. Murray, was later arrested as a suspect but held for tampering with motor vehicle.
Bickett, 38, joined the police department in
Officer Bickett was the son-in-law
of Officer Thomas J. Wilson, also killed
in the line of duty in 1923. Interred: Mount Saint Marys Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant