Deputy Sheriff Henry F. Nelson

Deputy Sheriff Henry F. Nelson

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, September 22, 1921

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Henry F. Nelson

Deputy Nelson and Deputy Theodore Crossley were shot and killed when they went to investigate a charge of hay theft in Bellville, California. When the officers arrived on the scene, one of the suspects opened fire, killing both deputies.

The suspect was sentenced to death for the murders and was hanged at San Quentin State Prison on February 24, 1922.

Deputy Nelson had been with the agency for 14 years and was survived by his wife, three children, mother, and three brothers.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1922

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On this 99th anniversary of your untimely departure I would like to reiterate my previous reflection and say your sacrifice and service will never be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 22, 2020

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