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 gun fight 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 an habitual criminal and sentenced to life.

Detective Nash was a WWII and Korean war veteran. He had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 10 years and 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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Det. Sgt. Nash,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 20, 2018

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