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Patrolman John Nales | West Tampa Police Department, Florida West Tampa Police Department, Florida


John Nales

West Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, July 18, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Patrolman Juan Nales was shot and killed while walking a prisoner to jail. He and another officer had arrested the man after responding to reports of a suspicious person.

As the three walked to jail the man attacked Patrolman Nales. He was able to gain control of Patrolman Nales' service weapon and fatally shot him before fleeing on foot. The suspect was convicted of murder and sent to prison.

Patrolman Nales was survived by his expectant wife and 13-month-old daughter.

The city of West Tampa was annexed by Tampa in 1925.

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I never knew him, but he was my great-uncle (grandfather's sister's husband). He was killed before his son John was born.

Maria Gegunde
August 6, 2015


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