Deputy Henry F. Nelson
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: Unknown
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: September 22, 1921
Weapon Used: Gun, unknown type
Suspect Info: Executed in 1922
Deputy Henry Nelson was employed with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for fourteen and a half years. He was hired on January 7, 1907, and worked out of the Riverside Station. Deputy Nelson’s law enforcement career was with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department and he did not work with any other law enforcement agencies. On September 22, 1921, Deputy Nelson and Deputy Theodore Crossley went to investigate a report of hay theft in Bellville (a settlement north of Riverside also known as “Bell Town.”). When they arrived at the scene, one suspect began shooting at the two deputies. Both deputies were killed. Two suspects were later captured. Deputy Theodore Crossley was the owner of a car dealership, which was located at the corner of Eleventh and Main Streets. He was deputized by Riverside County Sheriff F. P.Wilson after he was elected. Deputy Nelson was survived by his wife and three children. He was also survived by his mother and three brothers. Deputy Nelson was born in Andover, Illinois.
It is unknown where Deputy Nelson is buried.