Patrolman Merle E. Nading

Patrolman Merle E. Nading

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, October 3, 1971

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Merle E. Nading

Patrolman Merle Nading was shot and killed while attempting to quell a disturbance at 2201 East Colfax Avenue.

An off-duty officer came to assist Patrolman Nading and took control of a prisoner. As Patrolman Nading walked around his cruiser to notify dispatch about a growing crowd he was attacked by two men. He was able to get one of the men into a headlock but the second man grabbed his gun and shot him in the back.

A suspect was arrested but acquitted of murder.

Officer Nading was survived by his two sons.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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Patrolman Nading,
Even though it’s been over 50 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and service for the citizens of Denver. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 30, 2021

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