Lieutenant William James Nixon

Lieutenant William James Nixon

Jackson Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, April 27, 1978

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William James Nixon

Lieutenant Nixon was shot and killed during a traffic stop just north of the city limits on US 127. After making contact with the driver, Lieutenant Nixon returned to his patrol car to radio in the information. As he sat in his car the driver of the truck exited and opened fire with a .44 caliber revolver, killing Lieutenant Nixon.

The suspect was arrested hiding a ditch a half mile from the shooting scene. It was determined that the truck, trailer, and bulldozer had been stolen. The man was convicted of murdering Lieutenant Nixon and sentenced to life in prison.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I was in my 2d year as a Patrol Officer with the Jackson Police department and assigned working undercover for Region II Metro when Jim was murdered. I had worked a long (i.e. late night) and was home asleep when Chuck Hackett (also working undercover) called me to inform me what had occurred. It was a shock. Jim, as he was known to us at JPD was a well liked and well respected officer. His was the firs, unfortunately not the last, funeral of a fallen officer i attended.

Sergeant Ruben Soto
Jackson Police Department, Retired

April 27, 2016

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