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Marshal Herman William Nofs | Youngtown Police Department, Arizona Youngtown Police Department, Arizona

Marshal

Herman William Nofs

Youngtown Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 4, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 71

Tour: 35 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Marshal Nofs was killed by two burglary suspects.

Marshal Herman Nofs was responding to a burglary at a gas station. He was approaching the two suspects, ages seventeen and nineteen, with his weapon drawn when the nineteen-year old slugged him and one of the suspects shot him with his own gun. Both were charged with murder.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on February 9, 1966. The Arizona Supreme Court overturned the 17 year-old suspect's conviction and ordered a new trial. On July 29, 1968, he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison.

Marshal Nofs was a 31 year veteran of the Illinois State Police and was Youngtown's first Marshal.

Marshal Nofs was survived by his wife, Louise.

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Fifty years ago today, Officer Nofs gave his life to protect the citizens of Youngown AZ, a town just a few mile north of where I write this memorial. We are thankful for the service of men like Herman Nofs and their devotion to duty.

Stan Jefferson
citizen
August 5, 2015

 

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