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Special Agent Shelby Wayne Nease | CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Shelby Wayne Nease

CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 18, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Location: Kentucky

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: One sentenced to 40 years

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Special Agent Nease was assaulted and beaten to death while investigating the theft of copper wire in Harlan, Kentucky. During the investigation he became involved in a pursuit with the four suspects as they left a scrap dealer's business. He was able to stop the men but they overpowered him and bludgeoned him to death.

All four were apprehended and convicted of various charges in connection with his murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to 40 years in prison and is eligible for parole in 2014. The other three were sentenced to lesser sentences and have all been released from prison.

In August 2007 one of the suspects who had been released from prison was electrocuted and died while attempting to steal copper wire from an electric utility pole in Harlan County, Kentucky.

Agent Nease had served with the agency for 18 years and had previously served with the Kentucky State Police. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Rest in Peace Special Agent Shelby Wayne Nease. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the souls of your murderers. May their lives forever be burdened with pain and agony till they are cast into the lake of fire where they will forever burn!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 17, 2016


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