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Patrolman Norris Nettles | South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Patrolman

Norris Nettles

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, January 4, 1942

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Pardoned in 1947

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Patrolman Norris Nettles was on duty in Spartanburg County when he was attacked by four assailants during a traffic stop.

Patrolman Nettles was shot with his own weapon and was taken to a local hospital by two citizens, but died a short time later. One of the assailants was given a life sentence for the murder of Patrolman Nettles. On January 21, 1947, in his final official act of office, Governor Ransome J. Williams pardoned the suspect along with two other murderers who had been assigned to him as his personal servants by the South Carolina Penitentiary.

Patrolman Nettles was survived by his wife and father. His father, Policeman Marion Clifton Nettles, an officer with the Walterboro, South Carolina, Police Department, died in the line of duty on December 23, 1949.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 62nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 25, 2011

 

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