Officer Julius Alexander Nielsen

Officer Julius Alexander Nielsen

Kenmare Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Sunday, September 18, 1921

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Julius Alexander Nielsen

Officer Nielsen was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three men who had robbed a poker game.

The 25-year-old shooter and his two companions were arrested. On December 25, 1920, the shooter and two other inmates escaped from Fort Madison Penitentiary in Iowa where they were serving a life sentence for the murder of Deputy Sheriff William Maxwell of Plymouth County on November 14, 1919. The shooter was returned to the Iowa Penitentiary to finish serving out his sentence. He was charged with Officer Neilsen's murder.

Officer Nielson was survived by his wife and seven children. He was buried at Trinity Lutheran Danish Cemetery in Kenmare.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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I don't know much about Julius. My father, Dennis Nelson, who passed away on Aug. 24, 2016, told me Julius was his Great Grandfather. Now with all these policemen being senselessy killed, It remined me of my him and how he was killed. I just wanted to write on here to let him know he is not forgotten and I'm sorry I never got to know more about him.

Rest in Peace Great Great Grandfather,
tell my father I love and miss him and give each other a hug from me.

Todd Nelson

Todd Nelson
Great-Great Grandson

October 5, 2016

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