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.
Nims had served time in prison. In 2005, he was sentenced to three years in a Missouri prison for drug possession. Court records say the drug was methamphetamines. He was facing a Lincoln County charge for tampering with a motor vehicle in January. He has a previous conviction for stealing in St. Louis County.
His Facebook page shows photos of Nims holding a baby girl and later digging in the sand with a young child, but his page also includes more menacing pictures such as Nazi symbols and his cover photo depicting the Last Supper where the devil is eating a human.
This is the latest instance of a shootout between domestic extremists and law enforcement. Since 2001, 30 police officers have died in the United States in these incidents. Just since 2009, 34 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 34 police officers, 11 fatally.