Officer Joseph Nelson

Officer Joseph Nelson

Jacksonville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, June 26, 1880

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Joseph Nelson

Officer Joseph Nelson was shot and killed as he and other officers attempted to quell a riot at a local sawmill. One other officer was also wounded.

The man who murdered Officer Nelson was arrested, convicted, and subsequently executed by hanging.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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Officer Nelson,
On today, the 136th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jacksonville.


United States Border Patrol

June 26, 2016

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