Sergeant Timothy David White

Sergeant Timothy David White

Stockton Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 4, 1990

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Timothy David White

Sergeant White succumbed to injuries sustained 12 days earlier when he was severely beaten with his police flashlight. He had become engaged in a foot pursuit after making a traffic stop of a parolee. The suspect was able to overpower Sergeant White and beat him with his flashlight.

The suspect was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sergeant White had served with the Stockton Police Department for 12 years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, January 22, 1990
  • Weapon Officer's flashlight
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I was patrol captain the night Timmy was murdered. It hit everyone very hard as you can imagine. As patrol captain I got the call at home that night and I responded first to the scene but then over to the hospital. The hardest part by far was being in the ER while they worked on him and seeing the extent of injury to the head that he had suffered; it was quite literally crushed flat . I was amazed that he was still alive. He briefly opened his eyes but I doubt that he knew what was going on. It was bad but equally as bad was seeing his dad David, a retired firefighter, as he also came into the room to see Timmy. He took one look then our eyes met and we both shook our heads without saying a word; we both knew how terribly severe the injuries were and the Timmy would most likely not survive. He was a fighter though and hung on for 12 days before passing on. Of my 32 years in law enforcement this was by far the toughest experience. RIP Timmy.

Captain Ralph Womack (ret.)
Stockton Police Department

September 18, 2020

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