Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Nichols

Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Nichols

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, January 20, 1871

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Charles H. Nichols

Deputies Charles Nichols and James McMahan were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect.

When the officers attempted to handcuff the suspect, he produced a handgun and shot both of them.

The suspect was one of two brothers known as the James-Younger Gang who shot and killed Deputy Edwin Daniels, of the St. Clair County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department, on March 17, 1874. The brother who murdered Deputy Nichols and Deputy McMahan was also shot and killed in the shootout. The James-Younger Gang was also connected to the death of Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Officer Frank West in 1886 by the husband of Bell Starr, an accomplice of the gang.

Deputy Nichols had served as a Confederate Officer in Civil War and is buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 16, 1871
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Nichols,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 20, 2021

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