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 and convicted of Sheriff Nichols' murder. The subject 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 Died in prison

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I first served under Sheriff Nichols. He and his family were wonderful people. The Sunday morning he was shot I was Salem City Judge. Law enforcement officers and officials from across the country honored him the day of his funeral.

Judge Randall Bills

January 16, 2021

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