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Marshal Fred White | Tombstone Marshal's Office, Arizona Tombstone Marshal's Office, Arizona


Fred White

Tombstone Marshal's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Saturday, October 30, 1880

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 1

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/28/1880

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Marshal Fred White was shot and killed by a group of five outlaws who were shooting up the town. When Marshal White asked the leader to stop shooting the man walked up to him. The man's gun discharged as Marshal White grabbed the barrel and pulled it towards him.

The suspect was taken into custody by the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and two other Earp brothers.

The suspect was acquitted of Marshal White's murder after Marshal White provided deathbed testimony that the shooting was an accident. However, the suspect and his fellow gang members were all later shot and killed by Wyatt Earp and his posse.

Marshal White had served in law enforcement for 5 years. He is buried in Row 6, Boothill Cemetery, Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona.

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I think the true picture of Marshal White's dedication to justice is the fact that, on his deathbed, he indicated that the shooting was an accident, thereby preserving the quest for truthfulness that all law officers should strive for. We need more people as dedicated to law and order as he was.

David Weldon
August 21, 2015


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