Sheriff Clyde E. Nichols, Jr.

Sheriff Clyde E. Nichols, Jr.

Washington County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, April 1, 1984

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Clyde E. Nichols, Jr.

Sheriff Clyde Nichols was shot and killed by a subject who was seeking retaliation against the sheriff for having been arrested numerous times over the previous 18 years.

Sheriff Nichols was leaving the Salem United Methodist Church, located at 202 E Market Street, with his family when the man fatally shot him.

The subject was arrested, convicted of Sheriff Nichols' murder, and sentenced to sixty years. He died in prison while serving his sentence.

Sheriff Nichols had served with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for 18 years and had retired 2 1/2 years prior to being assassinated. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 60 years

EDP, off duty, retaliation

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Sheriff Nichols,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Washington County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy..

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 2, 2024

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