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Officer John Nicholson | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California


John Nicholson

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, February 16, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 3 years, 10 months

Badge # 355

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Never identified

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Officer John Nicholson was stabbed after interrupting a burglary in progress at a grocery store at 1131 Pacific Avenue.

The suspect fled with Officer Nicholson in pursuit. Officer Nicholson chased the suspect to the corner of Pacific Avenue and Mason Street where a struggle ensued and the suspect stabbed him and fled. Officer Nicholson continued the chase, and fired three shots at the suspect.

The suspect then turned on Officer Nicholson again and stabbed him in the neck and face, killing him.

In 1902 Officer Nicholson's photograph was installed at the San Francisco Police Headquarters, along with four other officers killed in the line of duty, where it was displayed until the California earthquake of 1906 when all of the portraits were lost.

Officer Nicholson was survived by his fiancee and he is buried at what used to be Calvary Cemetery, now Holy Cross Cemetery, in Colma, California.

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In March 1885 a bulgary suspect those MOS was the same as officers killer was arrested; not charged with officers death as evidence was too curcumstansial; suspect sentenced to prison for 15 years on bulgary charges

October 14, 2017


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