Inspector Rollin Culberson Nichols

Inspector Rollin Culberson Nichols

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, November 28, 1933

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Rollin Culberson Nichols

On Friday, November 24, 1933, U.S. Customs Mounted Inspectors Rollin C. Nichols, J.H. Shaffer and L.R. Porter went to the foot of Glenwood Drive in El Paso to seek liquor smugglers. The inspectors had seized $1,000 worth of illegal liquor a week earlier near San Elizario in El Paso County. As Inspector Nichols got out of his automobile near a parked automobile believed to belong to the liquor runners, a smuggler fired at his face with a shotgun loaded with buckshot. Three of the buckshot lodged in his brain. The two other inspectors dragged his body behind a river levee. More than 100 shots were exchanged between the 2 inspectors and an estimated 15 smugglers. They later reported they believe they were led into a trap because of the San Elizario seizure.

Inspector Nichols was unconscious and paralyzed when he was taken to the hospital. He died at 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 1933. He was survived by his wife, Allie Dee Nichols, a daughter, Catherine Nichols, his father and a sister. He was buried in Kenedy, Karnes County, Texas.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Incident Date Friday, November 24, 1933
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 28, 2011

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