Trooper Eric Francis Nicholson

Trooper Eric Francis Nicholson

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, December 6, 2000

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Eric Francis Nicholson

Trooper Eric Nicholson was shot and killed while attempting to stop a bank robbery suspect.

Trooper Nicholson observed the suspect driving a motorcycle and attempted to stop him. Before Trooper Nicholson was able to exit his cruiser, the suspect opened fire. Trooper Nicholson was shot several times. The suspect then fled the scene in a getaway vehicle with an accomplice. Trooper Nicholson was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officers traced the vehicle tag to a residence and attempted to arrest the suspect. Those officers were then engaged in a shootout and car chase that left another deputy injured. The suspect was shot and wounded after being cornered on a dead-end road and taken into custody.

The suspect was sentenced to death in January 2002. He was also put on trial for other charges stemming from the incident.

Trooper Nicholson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 2-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge C-181
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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State Trooper Eric Nicholson was killed in the line of duty in South Carolina on 12/06/2000. Being the Youth Officer in my community, I had the honor of knowing Eric as he grew up along with his sister, mother and father. The call that day from South Carolina State Police and the subsequent notification to his family in NY, was the saddest day of my career. Every year since his passing, his wife, Misty who lives in SC and Eric's family in NY continue a blood drive in his honor in both NY and SC. Let's be thankful to all emergency workers for their service to our great country who have made the ultimate sacrifice or continue to work tirelessly in protecting us. Sincerely Yours, Chief Mark Kotlarich, Retired .

Chief Mark Kotlarich, Retired
Greenwood Lake, NY Police Department

December 6, 2017

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