Chief of Police John Raymond Nelson

Chief of Police John Raymond Nelson

Winnemucca Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Sunday, March 6, 1921

John Raymond Nelson

Chief Nelson succumbed to gunshot wounds received six days earlier while investigating the theft of cases of shoes from a boxcar at the Winnemucca railroad yard. After locating the suspects, Chief Nelson observed a transaction involving the stolen shoes. When he attempted to arrest the men one of them produced a pistol and opened fire, striking Chief Nelson four times. Although mortally wounded, Chief Nelson was able to return fire and kill one of the suspects. The other suspect was apprehended a short time later.

Chief Nelson had been elected Constable only four months prior to the shooting. Shortly after the elect he was appointed as Chief of Police and dually served both offices. He was survived by his wife, two children, parents, and ten siblings.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, February 28, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 6, 2012

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