Patrolwoman Regina Woodward Nickles

Patrolwoman Regina Woodward Nickles

Harrodsburg Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, October 14, 1998

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Regina Woodward Nickles

Patrolwoman Regina Nickles was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person in the parking lot of an automotive factory at 1120 Industry Road.

She and her partner were approaching the suspect when he turned and fired at them. Patrolwoman Nickles was struck twice in the neck, killing her instantly. Other officers on the scene were able to return fire, severely wounding the suspect.

Patrolwoman Nickles was the department's only female police officer and was running for sheriff of Mercer County. She is survived by her two children.

In October 2015, U.S. Route 127 between Anderson County and Harrodsburg was renamed Officer Regina Nickles Memorial Highway.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 184

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with capital murder

suspicious person

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I am writing this on the 25th anniversary of her passing. I spent some time with Ruth Ann today and we spent that time reminiscing.

Ruth Ann is the one who told me what happened as I was passing through the dispatch center.

Ruth Ann and I spent the morning and most of the afternoon answering calls, most of which were people calling to ask if it was true; she and I had to confirm it over and over again.

By the end of the afternoon there were so many deliveries (plants, flower arrangements, food, etc.) that our lobby was full and the rental center loaned us a refrigerator.

Regina was not only a co-worker, but also a dear friend. She is missed by so many.

Rest in Peace my friend.

Senior Clerk Jo Lynn Pike
Harrodsburg Police Department

October 14, 2023

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