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Police Officer Tom Ellis White | Wolfe City Police Department, Texas Wolfe City Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Tom Ellis White

Wolfe City Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 8, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/8/1975

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Suspect: Acquitted on a technicality

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Officer White was shot and killed from ambush while sitting in his patrol car in front of the Wolfe City National Bank. He was shot by one of several men who had been drinking earlier in the evening and who stole a .22 caliber rifle from a pickup truck in a neighboring city. After shooting out a light with the rifle the man told his friends that he could shot Officer White from half that distance.

After the men split up the suspect located Officer White and shot him in the head with the rifle. The suspect then stole Officer White's service revolver and fled the scene. A delivery truck driver found Officer White's body in his patrol car. He was sitting with in the driver's seat, with the door open, and had one foot on the pavement.

The suspect was arrested several days later. He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. The conviction was overturned on appeal because the testimony by one of the friends was deemed uncorroborated.

Officer White was the city's only patrolman at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife ad four children.

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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 38th anniversary year of your death. 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 Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
January 1, 2013

 

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