Gavin Nichols

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Service Record

Virginia Minnesota Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2016.[1]
Last Known Status Separated

St. Louis County Minnesota Sheriff's Office

Rank Deputy
Dates of Service Hired in 2019.[2]
Salary $68,334 (2020)[3]
Last Known Status Administrative Leave


2017 Virginia Police Department Excellent Police Duty

In 2017, Nicols was recognized for Excellent Police Duty from the Virginia Police Department.[4]

2021 St. Louis County Life Saver Award

On April 21, 2022, Nichols received the Life Saver Award for helping to extract a woman from a fire at an apartment building on February 28, 2021.[5]

Incident Reports

2022 Death of Michael Johnson

Response Timeline

Nichols was placed on leave.[6]

The county Attorney's Office found that an objectively reasonable officer would believe there was a threat of death or great bodily harm, and their actions were reasonable.[7]

LEO Ratings


  1. August 8, 2016 Agenda, Virginia City Council, 2016-07-20
  2. St. Louis County Deputy Sheriffs and Corrections Officers sworn in, St. Louis County Deputy Sheriff's Office, 2019-07-11
  3. Gavin Edward Nichols, Deputy Sheriff, St. Louis County, govSalaries
  4. 2017 Year in Review, Virginia Police Department, 2017
  5. Brady Slater, St. Louis County honors 15 for heroic acts in 2021, Duluth News Tribune, 2022-04-13
  6. Matt Sepic, Man shot by police in Chisholm identified, MPR News, 2022-04-23
  7. Prosecutors say no charges related to officer-involved shooting in Chisholm, WDIO, 2023-01-11