Officer William D. Nelson

Officer William D. Nelson

Spokane Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, March 19, 1920

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William D. Nelson

Officer Nelson was killed after being attacked by an insane inmate in the Spokane Jail. The man had attacked Officer Nelson after escaping from the "tank". It took over 15 minutes and numerous officers to subdue the inmate.

The inmate was adjudged insane and committed at the state mental asylum. On June 1, 1921, he was deported to Poland, where he came from.

Officer Nelson had been with the agency for almost 20 years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Deported

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William Nelson is a 2015 recipient of the Washington Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.

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