Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama
End of Watch Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Reserve Deputy Sheriff Skip Nicholson was shot and killed while he and the chief deputy responded to a domestic disturbance call on Shamburger Road in Yellow Bluff at about 5:00 pm.
A woman had reported that her estranged husband had threatened to kill her and had left to retrieve a firearm. As Deputy Nicholson and the chief deputy arrived at the home they encountered the man, who opened fire and shot both deputies. Despite being wounded, the chief deputy returned fire and killed the subject.
Deputy Nicholson was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Deputy Nicholson had served as a law enforcement in Wilcox County for 40 years, have served as a reserve deputy, a full-time deputy, and an elected constable. He was acting in the capacity of a process server at the time of his shooting. He had previously been shot in the line of duty while responding to a call for service in the 1990s.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, and eight grandchildren.