Sergeant Nephi P. Pierce

Sergeant Nephi P. Pierce

Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Monday, March 26, 1923

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Nephi P. Pierce

Sergeant Pierce succumbed to a gunshot wound received four months earlier when he and his partner attempted to question two suspicious men on State Street between 5th and 6th Streets. One of the men suddenly produced a handgun and shot Sergeant Pierce. The suspect then attacked the other officer and beat him severely. The two men escaped but were later apprehended. The shooter was sentenced to death and executed by firing squad on February 20, 1925.

Sergeant Pierce had been with the agency for 17 years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 28, 1922
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1925

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Sgt. Nephi Pierce....finally a long overdue remembrance of your sacrifice to the citizens of Salt Lake City, will be placed at the offices of the Salt Lake County DA’s office on March 26 this year near where you were shot. As I have looked at the picture of your likeness for years I have wanted to talk to you, and learn more about you and your life. Rest In Peace Sgt. knowing many others are continuing to follow your lead. Some day we will meet to share stories and I’m certain you and Duffy have made each other’s acquaintance. God bless you!

Captain retired Judy Dencker
Salt Lake City Police

February 2, 2020

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