Shooting prompts police gang warning

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Local police are on high alert because of a dangerous motorcycle gang  that could be headed this way. Based on that new warning, we are getting a better idea about why so many law enforcement agencies were called in to serve a search warrant in northern Dinwiddie county.

The warning is about the Pagans motorcycle gang -- and it's possible connection to the man who was shot and killed early Tuesday morning at his home in Dinwiddie.

"The Pagans motorcycle gang may have been mentioned but it's not something I can confirm at this point," said Richmond Police Spokesman, Gene Lepley.

A warning goes out to Richmond police officers. Around 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, dispatchers alerted them to be careful, mentioning the Pagans motorcycle gang and the words armed and dangerous. This comes after 45-year-old James Hicks Jr. was shot and killed while authorities tried to carry out a federal search warrant.

"There may have been involvement between the state police in Dinwiddie which the officers in Richmond needed to be aware of so we put out the advisory," said Lepley. "It's something we do from time to time to let them know there's a situation they need to be made aware of."

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting Hicks was a member of the Pagans but state police will not confirm that or if the warrant was related to a federal bust on the motorcycle gang.

The incident in Dinwiddie though did come on the same day that more than 50 members of the gang were arrested along the east coast. They face several federal charges including conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering.

"Certainly a good deal of the crimes set forth in the indictment are crimes designed to protect their territory and to punish people who did not comply with their rules or who interfere with their control of the region," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Chuck Miller.

An internet search defines the Pagans as an outlaw motorcycle gang that rivals with Hells Angels. They're known to wear blue denim jackets with patches.

The Richmond police alert warned officers that members of the Pagans may try to seek revenge for Hicks' killing, but state police say there's no danger to the public.

It's still unclear why Hicks was shot to death inside his home, while authorities tried to serve that warrant.

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