Deputies investigate Wednesday shooting as a homicide
by Gary Kent
Sep 26, 2012 | 20215 views | 5 5 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Bee County Sheriff's Office deputies have confirmed that they are investigating the Wednesday shooting death of a Bee County man.

The victim’s body was found on a rural road east of the U.S. Highway 181 Bypass. The death is being treated as an apparent homicide.

Bee County Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. identified the victim Wednesday afternoon as 54-year-old Brien Hickman.

The victim was a well-known member of the community and a rancher.

A release from Carrizales said Hickman was found dead on his property and that he had suffered a single gunshot wound “sometime during the early morning hours of Sept. 26.”

Investigators, including Texas Rangers and a special ranger with the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, were looking into the incident.

According to the sheriff’s statement, BCSO Deputy Investigator Adam Levine reported that evidence at the scene indicates that the death was a homicide.

The sheriff assured residents that all leads are being followed to the “fullest extent.”

Investigators are asking that anyone who might have any information that could lead to an arrest contact the BCSO at 361-362-3221 or the Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers organization at 361-362-0206.

Long-distance callers may reach the Crime Stoppers toll-free at 877-362-0206.

Internet users may email Crime Stoppers at

Witnesses do not need to identify themselves to collect a reward.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at

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September 28, 2012
Brien was my friend. I met Brien at A&M. I could always count on him to always smile and wave me over as made my way back from class and passed by his favorite hang out...the A&M creamery. In the 30 odd years since then whenever I saw him, he never failed to smile and be as welcoming. To me that's what being a Texan is all about. I miss him. I hope the pain fades soon for his family. I hope the memories never do. God Bless, Vaya Con Dios Hermano.....
September 28, 2012
Amen. Brien always cared about us (tenants) up at Hilltop, too. I'd see him in town, and he was never too busy to stop and say hello. He will be greatly missed. We offer sincere condolence and prayers to his family and friends.
September 28, 2012
some of you that are a little bit older may remember his father if not him. his father taught a lot of those in beeville how to swim back when he ran the city pool. by all accounts brien may not have been a perfect man, but he was a good man. my prayers go out to his daughter. i hope they resolve this case fairly quickly.
September 26, 2012
This is so tragic, simply beyond belief. Brien was a good man, the finest kind. Our heartfelt condolences are offered to his family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
September 27, 2012
could someone have been rustling up some grub?