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Guard Leo George Nicholas | Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections, Illinois Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections, Illinois

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Leo George Nicholas

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

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 22, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Committed suicide

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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.

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Detective Sergeant John Nerad
Cicero Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Sunday, July 28, 1929
Cause: Gunfire

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Leo,
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.

R.I.P.
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Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
June 22, 2017

 

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