Wife of man killed by IMPD officer talks about witnessing husband’s death

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (April 4, 2016)-- Heather Hicks is coping with the loss of her husband, Kevin Hicks, 44, just one day after she witnessed an IMPD officer exchange punches with him before shooting and killing him.

"I do believe it could have been handled differently on the officer's end," said Hicks.

The incident began Tuesday night when Kevin was allegedly assaulting his wife Heather while she was driving. The couple's young child was also a passenger inside the car during the disturbance.

"He knows his father has been killed. He saw it," said Hicks.

Hicks says she was married to Kevin for over 20 years and they had one child together.

Heather called 911 and told dispatchers her husband was assaulting her. She then saw an IMPD squad car at the Marathon gas station on 10th Street and Rural Street, so she pulled into the parking lot.

Hicks spoke with CBS4 and made it clear that she wants the focus of this investigation to be on the events that unfolded Tuesday night rather than her husband's cloudy criminal past.

"They need to stop talking about what has happened between me and my husband in the past and they need to focus on what happened last night with that officer killing my husband," said Hicks.

According to court records, Hicks had been on work release following a prior domestic battery and a warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to check in Tuesday night.

Heather said she plans on obtaining an attorney and she respectfully declined to talk about some of the events that transpired Tuesday night--including the 911 call she allegedly made.

"Our whole family is distraught. It's a hard thing to deal with," said Hicks.

Police say surveillance video shows Kevin becoming aggressive once the IMPD officer approaches the couple in the Marathon gas station.

​“What is on camera is a fight that wasn’t just dancing around. There were punches blows being thrown," said Valerie Cunningham, IMPD Deputy Chief of Patrol.

Witnesses tell police the officer tried not to use deadly force, but Kevin knocked a Taser away.

“The officer followed policy and announced the use of a Taser. He attempted to disengage. All things officers are trained to do,” said Cunningham.

Witnesses also say he tried to get a hold of the officer’s gun in the fight. That’s when the officer fired and killed Kevin, according to IMPD.

The six-year IMPD officer was treated for a possible fractured hand, bite marks and is being monitored for a concussion.

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