A man accused of stabbing two family members before being shot by a police officer last month was in court for a preliminary hearing Friday morning. The judge determined there was enough evidence for a trial.
Dale Hickman faces two charges of first-degree assault, three charges of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and one charge of making terroristic threats. His bond was set at 10 percent of $500,000.
The 43-year-old Hickman was wounded when officers responded to a disturbance near South 5th and Walnut streets in Omaha on the morning of July 13th. Police say Hickman stabbed two family members. Six-year police veteran Angela Lydon shot Hickman in a confrontation that followed.
That incident was preceded by a police call to the Hickman home the day before. There were four 911 calls from the home, the last being for a disturbance around 10 p.m. Police say that when officers arrived, they located Hickman outside his residence with a bow and arrow. They say he was challenging officers to shoot him.
The officers were able to convince Hickman to put down the weapon. He was taken to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center to be placed in emergency protective custody because Hickman was displaying signs of mental illness and making suicidal threats. Officers left Hickman with hospital medical personnel just before midnight.
At approximately 4:30 a.m. that Sunday, 911 received a call from Alegent that Hickman had walked out of the emergency department. Officers searched the area, but could not locate him. Just after 6:30 a.m., 911 received another disturbance call to the Walnut address.
Police found Dale's sister, 38-year-old Jennifer Hickman, outside the home suffering from "obvious critical injuries." Once they went inside, officers found Hickman armed with a knife. That’s when the confrontation happened during which Hickman was shot. After they got him handcuffed, officers discovered his father, 63-year-old Walter Hickman, with "critical stab wound injuries." Both are recovering.