Guard Leo George Nicholas

Guard Leo George Nicholas

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, June 22, 1932

Leo George Nicholas

Guard Leo Nicholas was shot and killed in the Cook County Jail by a prisoner with a smuggled handgun.

Guard Nicholas was escorting the prisoner to sickbay when he suddenly produced a handgun and shot him. When cornered by other guards the prisoner shot and killed himself.

Jail officials suspected a woman, claiming to be the suspect's wife, had slipped him the gun during a visit to his cell earlier that morning. The suspect was awaiting trial for the murder of Detective Sergeant John Nerad, of the Cicero Police Department, on July 28th, 1929.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Committed suicide

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On today, the 85th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cook County. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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