Sheriff James M. Nelson

Sheriff James M. Nelson

Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska

End of Watch Saturday, February 22, 1930

James M. Nelson

Sheriff James Nelson was shot and killed while looking for a suspect who had escaped from the state mental hospital. When Sheriff Nelson and a deputy spotted the man they stopped him. As Sheriff Nelson exited the patrol car he was shot in the head. The suspect also shot and wounded the other deputy. The man fled but was later shot by a posse.

Sheriff Nelson was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I've read about you, mr sheriff Nelson this last week. I also thank you for your service and am sorry to read about your ultimate sacrifice. I believe you must have been an incredibly respected man and loved by many according to over 3000 to 3500 people to attend your funeral service. Your legacy is real and lives on to this day.

Steve Mika
Cheyenne County Historical Association Board member

July 2, 2018

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