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Police Officer James H. Nerison | Alhambra Police Department, California Alhambra Police Department, California

Police Officer

James H. Nerison

Alhambra Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 3, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Police Officer James Nerison was shot and killed while he and three other officers attempted to arrest two brothers who were robbing the Alhambra Theater, at the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Main Street, and attempting to blow the safe. One of the other officers was wounded.

The brothers escaped through a side door as they held the officers off with blasts from their sawed-off shotguns. The men had just robbed two other theaters and had stolen a total of $2,500. They also shot and wounded a Los Angeles detective during one of the other robberies.

Both brothers were captured eleven days later when police found them hiding in a house in Holtville.

Officer Nersison was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Alhambra Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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I'm not sure, but you may be a distant relative. Thank you for your sacrifice. You heroically and selflessly confronted two evil men who were a grave threat to the community. Without your heroism and sacrifice there may have been a far greater loss of life. You are remembered and honored today.

Police Officer Tom Nerison
New Brighton Police Department
May 30, 2016


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