Sergeant Merle D. Niles

Sergeant Merle D. Niles

Bath Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Monday, May 29, 1961

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Merle D. Niles

Sergeant Merle Niles succumbed to complications of a gunshot wound sustained on July 15th, 1960, while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Pleasant Street.

When he arrived at the scene he was informed by the subject's wife that the man was threatening to shoot her and her boyfriend. As Sergeant Niles entered the home the man opened fire with a .22 caliber revolver, striking Sergeant Niles in the chest.

Despite his wound, Sergeant Niles was able to talk the man into surrendering. The man was arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit murder.

Sergeant Niles was transported to Bath Memorial Hospital. He was able to recover enough to return to duty, but suffered medical complications and died on May 29th, 1961.

Sergeant Niles was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and the recipient of a Bronze Star. He had served with the Bath Police Department for 10 years.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, July 15, 1960
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Arrested


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Sergeant Niles , it has been 62 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 29, 2023

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