Deputy Marshal
Jesse A. Nelson
Upland Police Department
Friday, August 1, 1924

Age: 39
Served: 2 years
Badge #:
Panel 27W, Line 29 (2014)
Included (2014)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, June 14, 1924
09:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
48 days
Incident Location:
Eighth Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Matthews
Incident County:
Grant
Incident Township:
Jefferson
Weapon Used:
Handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Shot and killed
• Shot and killed
• Charged
Burial Place:
Jefferson Cemetery, Upland

   Deputy Marshal Jesse Nelson died from gunshot wounds he suffered six weeks earlier after attempting to apprehend three robbery suspects.

   The men were suspected of robbing three grocery stores that day of nearly $600 in Gas City, Jonesboro and Upland. As Deputy Marshal Nelson, the town marshal and another deputy pursued the suspects south of Upland, they overtook their vehicle as they entered Matthews. When confronted, the suspects opened fire, wounding Deputy Marshal Nelson in the back and the town marshal in the neck before they fled west out of town.

   Deputy Marshal Nelson was taken to Grant County Hospital in Marion where he was paralyzed from the waist down and remained until he died six weeks later.

   On August 19, all three suspects robbed another grocery store in Fairmount. The 48-year-old suspect who had killed Deputy Marshal Nelson was shot and killed. A 26-year-old suspect was also shot and killed, and the third suspect, his brother, was charged with murder and robbery.

   Deputy Marshal Nelson was survived by his wife, parents and two brothers.


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