Sheriff James M. Nelson

Sheriff James M. Nelson

Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska

End of Watch Saturday, February 22, 1930

James M. Nelson

Sheriff James Nelson was shot and killed while looking for a suspect who had escaped from the state mental hospital. When Sheriff Nelson and a deputy spotted the man they stopped him. As Sheriff Nelson exited the patrol car he was shot in the head. The suspect also shot and wounded the other deputy. The man fled but was later shot by a posse.

Sheriff Nelson was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

Most Recent Reflection

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Jim, this is your great Nephew Jim Nelson from Blair Ne.
I was named after you, walked by your headstone in Sidney Ne this weekend. my oldest son Josh is now sharing the same Career that you had.
Wanted to honor you and your hard working family from back in those days this weekend. you make us proud.
Jim Nelson


May 26, 2013

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