State’s Attorney says deadly shooting of Metropolis man was “justified”

Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst says he has completed his review of an officer involved shooting in the death of a Metropolis man.

On April 2nd, 63-year-old Donald Hicks was shot to death by Metropolis Police Sergeant Cody Brown.

The incident started around Noon when a person called 911 asking for someone to perform a welfare check for Hicks. The caller told police that Hicks had threatened suicide. Officers went to Hicks’ home but were unable to find him.

About an hour later, another call came in that Hicks was at Pell Cemetery near Brookport armed with a firearm. Officers went to the cemetery and found Hicks in his vehicle and a chase ensued.

Officers were able to stop Hicks with spike strips. The officers then ordered Hicks to drop his weapon and when he did not an officer tasered him.

Hicks was able to remove one of the taser prongs and moved his firearm towards the officers.

When Sergeant Brown saw the firearm move in their direction, he shot three times, fatally wounding Hicks. Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy showed that the three bullets hit Hicks in the upper right arm and proceeded through his arm into his chest cavity.

State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst says Brown’s use of deadly force was “justified.” Brown has been on administrative leave since the incident.

The report from Windhorst also says video was recovered from three police vehicle dash cams, but because of the angle or the distance to the scene, none of the video showed the shooting in detail.

You can read Windhorst’s full report by clicking here.

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