Patrolman Thomas Alonzo Nicholson

Patrolman Thomas Alonzo Nicholson

Lakeland Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, March 27, 1932

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Thomas Alonzo Nicholson

Patrolman Thomas Nicholson and Patrolman William Barnett were shot and killed after they responded to a domestic disturbance in North Lakeland.

The two officers were struggling with two men when they shot and killed both officers. Other officers arrived at the scene and took both men into custody. It was later determined that both suspects used the same gun and each killed one officer.

Both suspects were convicted of Patrolman Nicholson's and Patrolman Barnett's murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to death on April 18th, 1932. He escaped from a mental institution, committed a murder and robbery in Levy County, Florida, and was recaptured. He was executed in the electric chair on November 22nd, 1943.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Arrested


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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time can ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 27, 2021

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