Police Officer James H. Nerison

Police Officer James H. Nerison

Alhambra Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 3, 1933

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James H. Nerison

Police Officer James Nerison was shot and killed while he and three other officers attempted to arrest a man who was attempting to blow the safe at the Alhambra Theater, at the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Main Street. The man fled through a side door where an accomplice was waiting. They opened fire with sawed-off shotguns fatally wounding Officer Nerison as they made their escape. The men had just robbed two other theaters and had stolen a total of $2,500. They also shot and wounded a Los Angeles detective during one of the other robberies. The suspects were never apprehended.

Officer Nersison was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Alhambra Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender At large

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Officer Nerison,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 3, 2023

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