Patrolman Merle E. Nading

Patrolman Merle E. Nading

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, October 3, 1971

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Merle E. Nading

Patrolman Merle Nading was shot and killed while attempting to quell a disturbance at 2201 East Colfax Avenue.

An off-duty officer came to assist Patrolman Nading and took control of a prisoner. As Patrolman Nading walked around his cruiser to notify dispatch about a growing crowd he was attacked by two men. He was able to get one of the men into a headlock but the second man grabbed his gun and shot him in the back.

A suspect was arrested but acquitted of murder.

Officer Nading was survived by his two sons.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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My Dear Hero:
This is your widow talking once again. On this 50th anniversary of your passing it still seems, in many ways like yesterday, but on the other hand so long ago when we were able to be a family and grown together. It was not to be!
In addition to your three grandchildren who you never got to know you, you now have two great grandchildren. They are only 5 & 7 years old, but they do know who their Great Grandpa Merle was and the loving, and caring man that you were. We show your picture often. There has not been a day in 50 years that I have not thought of you and not one night have I slept through since 1971. Rest in peace knowing that your family misses and loves you every single day.

Patricia Nading-Amman

June 28, 2021

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