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Lieutenant William James Nixon | Jackson Police Department, Michigan Jackson Police Department, Michigan

Lieutenant

William James Nixon

Jackson Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Thursday, April 27, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 23 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Lieutenant Nixon was shot and killed during a traffic stop just north of the city limits on US 127. After making contact with the driver, Lieutenant Nixon returned to his patrol car to radio in the information. As he sat in his car the driver of the truck exited and opened fire with a .44 caliber revolver, killing Lieutenant Nixon.

The suspect was arrested hiding a ditch a half mile from the shooting scene. It was determined that the truck, trailer, and bulldozer had been stolen. The man was convicted of murdering Lieutenant Nixon and sentenced to life in prison.

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I was in my 2d year as a Patrol Officer with the Jackson Police department and assigned working undercover for Region II Metro when Jim was murdered. I had worked a long (i.e. late night) and was home asleep when Chuck Hackett (also working undercover) called me to inform me what had occurred. It was a shock. Jim, as he was known to us at JPD was a well liked and well respected officer. His was the firs, unfortunately not the last, funeral of a fallen officer i attended.

Sergeant Ruben Soto
Jackson Police Department, Retired
April 27, 2016

 

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