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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 paid a visit to you today at Boothill in my home state of Arizona. I had never been to Tombstone before and I was so excited! As I looked at your headstone I could help but think about the sacrifice you made so many years ago. It hits so close to home given the events that struck my own agency just last month. I'm proud of my police family and the many men and women who have gone before me. Thank you Marshal White, for your service and dedication. May you rest in peace. When I get to the pearly gates, I'll be looking for you and hope to share a drink and stories with you.

Senior Corporal J. D. Smith #9219
Dallas Police Department
August 5, 2016


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