Trooper George Danny Nash, Jr.

Trooper George Danny Nash, Jr.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, February 4, 1983

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George Danny Nash, Jr.

Trooper Nash was shot and killed after stopping a speeding vehicle driven by an escaped convict.

Trooper Nash stopped the vehicle on Highway 84 for doing 67 in a 55 mile per hour zone. The car was stolen, and the driver and passenger were escaped convicts from Georgia. When Trooper Nash approached the vehicle, he was shot at point-blank range in the chest, but Trooper Nash was wearing his vest, and the bullet was stopped.

However, Trooper Nash stumbled back towards his patrol car and fell to the pavement from the force of the gunshot. The driver exited and walked up to Trooper Nash and shot him once more in the head, killing him instantly. Trooper Nash's gun was still holstered when a civilian found him lying just in front of his patrol car. Both of the killers were apprehended about five months later in others states. One of them turned on the other and testified against the shooter. The shooter was sentenced to life without parole.

Trooper Nash had served as a trooper with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Mississippi Highway Patrol for just three months and was assigned to Troop M in Brookhaven. Prior to becoming a trooper, he served as a radio operator for Troop J in Hattiesburg. He is survived by his parents, brother, sister, and fiancée.

A section of Highway 84 in Franklin County was dedicated in Trooper Nash's memory.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge M-12

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

escapee, vehicle stop

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As I was traveling to Natchez on Highway 84 this morning, I passed your sign honoring your memory and your Service to our Great State! Thank you! You will always be remembered “RedLeg”

Master Sergeant Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol

August 27, 2022

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