continued: “EADS DEPUTY, BRAVE AND DEFIANT EVEN WHEN SHOT DOWN, DIED AS TRUE OFFICER”
This was the other headline of the article that the Pueblo Chieftain, Saturday, March 15, 1930 had as an eye catcher.
“Eads, March 14. ---( Exclusive Dispatch ) ---Deputy Sheriff Coral Hickman, who was killed in a gun-battle with as daring a gang of bandits as has ever been seen in the west, died as a true officer and protector of the people fearless and defiant to the last.
Hickman, accompanied by William Mosher, deputy sheriff, had received the warning that the murderous bank bandits who had robbed the bank at Manter, Kan., were speeding toward Eads, and had driven five miles when they were passed by the light sedan of the robbers, traveling in the opposite direction. Immediately the officers swung around and gave chase, overtaking the fleeing car, which was running at a high rate of speed.
Seeing that they would have to either be overtaken or must fight it out, the bandits suddenly stopped and leaped from their car, firing at Hickman’s car as they did so. Taken by surprise, the officers stopped a short distance away from the killers and, also jumping from their machine, opened fire. Hickman, ignoring the danger, walked toward the bandits, firing as he did so, and had almost gotten to the gunmen when he was killed.
Two bullets entered his chest, a third, which proved fatal, pierced his brain. Another shot shattered his watch. He fell in the road, and the bandits fled after taking the slain officer’s gun.
Hickman’s body was found by his brother, Edward Hickman, who had followed the officers and passed the bandits car as it drove west from the scene of the slaughter. The Undersheriff is survived by his wife, two sons, Earl, 20, and Cecil, 10, all of this city, and a daughter, Mrs. Neva Barrows of Wiley.”
To be continued: Bob James