Type of Officer: Game Warden
Jurisdiction: Newton
County: Harvey
Death Date: 5/8/1974
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Warden Nonnast and another game warden were patrolling the Arkansas River investigating reported illegal snagging and hand fishing. They arrested one person, and as they were leaving, they observed another group of fishermen illegally hand fishing. One member of the group fled, and Nonnast pursued on foot. Upon returning to the remaining violators, he became engaged in a violent argument. When the officers left the scene, Nonnast suffered a heart attack and later died at a hospital.