Detective Sergeant Gene Tilford Nash

Detective Sergeant Gene Tilford Nash

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 20, 1958

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Gene Tilford Nash

Detective Sergeant Nash was shot and killed in a gunfight with two robbery suspects.

He was hit five times as he and his partner entered an apartment where the suspects were hiding. The officers managed to return fire, critically wounding one suspect and seriously wounding the other.

On October 23, 1959, one suspect, 32, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to five years to life. The other suspect, 29, was acquitted of murder but convicted of robbery. Because of the conviction and several other robbery convictions, he was adjudged a habitual criminal and sentenced to life.

Detective Nash was a WWII and Korean War veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 5771
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years to life

investigation, robbery

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Gene Nash was my father's friend and partner. I was born in 1960 and named after Gene, I meet Gene's Mom and remember my dad giving her back Gene's handcuffs. I thought about Gene for years and was unclear how he passed away, thank you for this website. I would like to give my regards to his Daughter. Gene Nash passed away 65 years ago and is not forgotten. Thank you to all those who protect us and our country every day.
David Gene Massender son of (Samuel Massender LAPD Robbery Detective retired 1968)

David Gene Massender
Father's partner and Friend

September 18, 2023

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