Patrolman Norris Nettles

Patrolman Norris Nettles

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, January 4, 1942

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Norris Nettles

Patrolman Norris Nettles was on duty in Spartanburg County when he was attacked by four assailants during a traffic stop.

Patrolman Nettles was shot with his own weapon and was taken to a local hospital by two citizens, but died a short time later. One of the assailants was given a life sentence for the murder of Patrolman Nettles. On January 21, 1947, in his final official act of office, Governor Ransome J. Williams pardoned the suspect along with two other murderers who had been assigned to him as his personal servants by the South Carolina Penitentiary.

Patrolman Nettles was survived by his wife and father. His father, Policeman Marion Clifton Nettles, an officer with the Walterboro, South Carolina, Police Department, died in the line of duty on December 23, 1949.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Pardoned in 1947

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Patrolman Nettles,
On today, the 76th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of South Carolina. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 4, 2018

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