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Deputy Sheriff Charles M. White | Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California

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Charles M. White

Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 1898

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Age: Not available

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Cause: Explosion

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Deputy White was one of five deputies killed as a result of a powder magazine explosion.

Deputy Daniel Cameron, Constable Gustave Koch, Deputy John Lerri, Deputy Charles White, and Deputy George Woodsum were killed when a powder magazine containing a barricaded murder suspect exploded. The suspect was an employee of an explosives company and had murdered a coworker during a dispute over Chinese lottery tickets.

The suspect fled into the powder keg, which contained 5-tons of powder, and threatened to blow it up if anyone attempted to arrest him. The standoff continued overnight and into the morning until the suspect called to Deputy White and told him he was ready to come out.

As the other deputies approached the magazine it suddenly exploded, killing the five deputies, a female bystander, the suspect, and seriously injuring two other deputies.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Carlyle Cameron
Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 1898
Cause: Explosion

Constable Gustave "Gus" Koch
Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 1898
Cause: Explosion

Deputy Constable John J. Lerri
Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 1898
Cause: Explosion

Deputy Sheriff George Woodsum
Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 1898
Cause: Explosion

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The loss of the barricaded suspect is of no consequence. He made his bed and was blown up in it. The loss of five law enforcement officers and one innocent civilian because of that animal's actions is tragic and infuriating. Deputy White, you are a hero. You have earned your place in Heaven and this 117th anniversary of that horrific event is cause for reflection and mourning.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
July 19, 2015

 

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