Sheriff John C. Nugent, Jr.

Sheriff John C. Nugent, Jr.

Wright County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, July 22, 1922

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John C. Nugent, Jr.

Sheriff Nugent was shot and killed by a shop owner while staking out the shop after a recent string of burglaries. The shop owner had requested that the Sheriff watch the store but did not know he was coming that night. The owner heard sounds near the wood pile and as he left at 0130 hours Sheriff Nugent turned on his flashlight and ordered the owner to put his hands up. Thinking it was a burglar, the owner opened fire with his shotgun, striking Sheriff Nugent in the chest. A deputy returned fire before going to get help. When the deputy returned he arrested the owner. The man was never charged and the shooting was ruled an accident.
Sheriff Nugent had been with the agency for 20 years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not charged

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Because the choices I have made in my life I have been on both sides of the law, I have noticed over the years the The courageous men and women that serve the public as police sheriff and emergency responders are just like anyone else, dads moms, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, uncles and aunts. when these people are no longer in our lives we seem to feel that sense of abandonment, and helplessness. What is life like when there is no one to turn to for help when we have reached the end of the rope? I can tell you it feels like a man hanging from the tree with the noose around his neck, I know this because I am feeling that way now. With all my family and loved ones deserting me I am left with a empty soul and really no where to turn. I want to be that man my children can be proud of, and feel like no will help me. What keeps me going is the Father I want to become and desire to carry on. So just think where you would be if the people in your life never made it home? would you have the strength to carry on? We respect the men and women that have been chosen to lead us on our journey and have been given the power of authority by us to keep us safe and sound. If these men and women continue to to abide by the oath they have taken then we will continue to respect them knowing that they will give their lives if necessary for public safety and security. help these men and women continue to arrive home alive and well with all their bearings intact.

Richard Vickerman

September 9, 2013

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