Officer Calvin Gene Higdon
Police Officer Wounded July 30, 1974 Officer Calvin Gene Higdon Shortly after 3 :00 o'clock on Tuesday, July 30, 1974 Officer Calvin Gene Higdon left his desk in the Fingerprint Section of the Laboratory Division and headed for his private auto. The afternoon was hot as he walked toward the 300 block N. Exeter Street, where that morning he was fortunate in locating a free parking space. As Officer Higdon unlocked the door and began to enter his car he heard approaching footsteps and then a male voice state, "Don't move man." Upon turning he faced two armed suspects and immediately drew his service revolver. He pulled the trigger two times, but the gun misfired leaving him at the mercy of the robbers. As one assailant stepped back Officer Higdon attempted to push the other off balance. At this point the suspects fired, striking the Officer in both legs. He then fell to the ground as the second suspect grabbed his weapon. They both ran and were last seen in the area of the projects in the 1000 block of Orleans Street. Patrol Units responded quickly, as a nurse who was in the area applied first aid. He had been struck three times, the left knee, the upper left leg and in the right knee. He was transported by Ambulance to Mercy Hospital where members of the staff stopped the bleeding and began blood transfusions. Officer Hidgon's condition was posted as guarded as Doctors determined the extent of his injuries and prepared to operate. At last report Officer Higdon, a nineteen year veteran with the Department, was in satisfactory condition and an operation was performed on both legs.