Marshal Herman William Nofs

Marshal Herman William Nofs

Youngtown Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, August 4, 1965

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Herman William Nofs

Marshal Nofs was killed by two burglary suspects.

Marshal Herman Nofs was responding to a burglary at a gas station at 111th Avenue and Grand Avenue. He was approaching the two suspects, ages seventeen and nineteen, with his weapon drawn when the 19-year-old slugged him and one of the suspects shot him with his own gun. Both were charged with murder.

Both suspects were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on February 9, 1966. The Arizona Supreme Court overturned the 17-year-old suspect's conviction and ordered a new trial. On July 29, 1968, he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison.

Marshal Nofs was a 31-year veteran of the Illinois State Police and was Youngtown's first Marshal.

Marshal Nofs was survived by his wife.


  • Age 71
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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