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 Nading was shot and killed while attempting to quell a disturbance on 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 the second man grabbed his gun and shot him in the back. A suspect was arrested but acquitted of murder.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

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

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After 43 years you are always in our hearts & thought of every day. So many things have occurred in the lives of your sons, grandchildren you will never know & in my life, the woman who I hope has carried on in a manner that would make you proud. Your memory is alive & well & always will be...your family will always see to it. Even the grandchildren know well their Grandpa Merle. We love you!!

Patricia Nading-Amman
Widow of Officer Merle Nading

January 24, 2015

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