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October 11, 2013 0

Missouri White Supremacist Wounds Two Deputies in Shootout

Shawn Keith Nims

Shawn Keith Nims

Deputies with the Jef­fer­son County Sher­iff ‘s Depart­ment in Cedar Hills, Mis­souri, shot and killed white suprema­cist Shawn Keith Nims, 40, on Octo­ber 11, fol­low­ing a seven-hour manhunt.

The inci­dent began when a deputy, respond­ing to a 911 hang-up emer­gency call, went to the home where the call was placed.  Peo­ple in the home report­edly told the deputies the call had been a mis­take. Deputy Nina Sims later returned to the home with another deputy, Michael Toombs. After being given per­mis­sion to enter the home, the deputies began descend­ing the base­ment stairs when they were allegedly ambushed by Nims and a shootout ensued.  Both deputies suf­fered non-life threat­en­ing gun­shot wounds and Nims fled the scene.

Mem­bers from mul­ti­ple law enforce­ment agen­cies began to search for Nims and found him seven hours later as he attempted to jump from a win­dow of a nearby home.  Accord­ing to police, Nims was armed with an assault-style weapon.  The pur­su­ing deputies fired at Nims after he allegedly refused to drop the weapon, fatally wound­ing him.

Nims had sev­eral neo-Nazi tat­toos includ­ing an eagle clutch­ing a swastika on his chest and a large swastika on his right shin. He also had a crim­i­nal his­tory that included drug and theft charges.

This is the lat­est instance of a shootout between domes­tic extrem­ists and law enforce­ment. Just since 2009, 39 shootouts have taken place between law enforce­ment offi­cers and domes­tic extremists—including right-wing anti-government extrem­ists, white suprema­cists, domes­tic Mus­lim extrem­ists and oth­ers.  In those vio­lent encoun­ters, extrem­ists have shot 37 police offi­cers, 12 fatally.

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