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Police Officer Christopher Nicholson | Smithsburg Police Department, Maryland Smithsburg Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Christopher Nicholson

Smithsburg Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year, 5 months

Badge # 592

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life without parole

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Officer Christopher Nicholson was shot and killed while responding to assist members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office at a call involving reports that a man had just murdered his girlfriend during a domestic disturbance.

The officer parked his patrol car a short distance away from the home to wait for additional units to arrive. As he waited, the suspect drove towards his patrol car and then opened fire as he pulled even to the officer's door. A rifled slug struck Officer Nicholson in the chest above his vest at the arm pit area.

Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Nicholson was able to return fire, emptying his service weapon into the suspect's car as he fled.

The suspect fled into a nearby cemetery, where he engaged members of the Special Response Team in a shootout. The man was wounded and taken into custody; he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Officer Nicholson was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Nicholson had served with the Smithsburg Police Department for just over 1 year and had previously served with the Maryland Division of Correction. He is survived by his mother, father, brother, and girlfriend.

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Chris, Thinking of you as I go to work this morning. Kenny Chesney's song "Who You'd Be Today" is running through my head, and it will continue to do so all day. You are not forgotten.
John 15:13

Russ Zullick - Civilian Pilot IV
Maryland State Police - Trooper 3
December 19, 2015


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