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Police Officer Berchman L. White | South Norfolk Police Department, Virginia South Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

Berchman L. White

South Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, August 4, 1941

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/4/1941

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Officer White was shot and killed while he and his partner transported a prisoner from the South Norfolk Trial Justice Court to the Norfolk County Jail. As the officers approached the jail the prisoner reached from the back seats, grabbed Officer White's partner's service revolver, and then shot Officer White in the head. The suspect then committed suicide with the pistol.
Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk merged in 1963 to form the City of Chesapeake. Both police agencies were also merged and no longer exist. Officer White had been with the agency for 18 months and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 72nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 30, 2013

 

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