Officer Christopher Nicholson
Smithsburg Maryland Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 5 months
Badge Number: 592
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded
Officer Christopher Nicholson was shot and killed while responding to assist members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office at a call involving reports that a man had just murdered his girlfriend during a domestic disturbance.
The officer parked his patrol car a short distance away from the home to wait for additional units to arrive. As he waited, the suspect drove towards his patrol car and then opened fire as he pulled even to the officer's door. A rifled slug struck Officer Nicholson in the chest, penetrating his vest.
The suspect fled into a nearby cemetery, where he engaged members of the Special Response Team in a shootout. The man was wounded and taken into custody.
Officer Nicholson was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Nicholson had served with the Smithsburg Police Department for just over 1 year and had previously served with the Maryland Division of Correction. He is survived by his Mother and girlfriend.
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