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Attempted murder of an officer

August 9, 2010

Jawanza Bentura Dickens was arrested after he allegedly
tried to run over a Hickory police officer.

Police arrested a Hickory man Sunday after he allegedly attempted to murder a police officer with a motor vehicle.

Jawanza Bentura Dickens, 28, of Hickory, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement official.

Two Hickory police officers responded to the sound of shots fired at 4:41 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Second Street Place SW. Two suspects were seen leaving the area in a vehicle, and in an attempt to get away, the suspects accelerated the vehicle backward at a high rate of speed toward one of the officers.

HPD is still looking for the second suspect. The passenger of the vehicle was not identified, but is described as a 5-foot-9-inches tall black male wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551.

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