Today in 1949, Walterboro Policeman Marion Nettles, 55, was stabbed to death while taking a subject to jail after arresting him.
Around 10:50 pm, Policeman Nettles and Policeman Wyckoff were summoned to the local bus station in reference to a disturbance. The pair arrested the suspect and began to transport him to the jail. Nettles dropped off Wyckoff at the police station and continued to the jail.
Nearly to the jail, the suspect produced a knife and stabbed Policeman Nettles in the head, neck, and chest. Nettles was able to alert the jailers of the incident. However, Policeman Nettles succumbed to his wounds approximately 45 minutes later.
State police bloodhounds tracked the suspect and he was taken into custody.
Policeman Nettles was survived by his wife, son, two brothers and four sisters. Policeman Nettles’ eldest son, Norris Still Nettles, was killed in 1942 while on duty as a member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Policeman Marion Clifton Nettles, Sr. is buried at Ridgeland Cemetery in Ridgeland, South Carolina.