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Chief of Police William R. White | Williamston Police Department, North Carolina Williamston Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police

William R. White

Williamston Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 15, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Executed in 1912

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Chief of Police William White was shot and killed from ambush by a man he had arrested for selling liquor without a license several weeks earlier. Chief White was returning home from a visit with a friend when he was hit with a load of buckshot.

He was walking along Main Street, between the Courthouse and Watts Street, when he was ambushed. After shooting Chief White the subject hid the shotgun behind a house and ran home. He was arrested by the county sheriff a short time later at his house.

The man was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair on May 17th, 1912.

Chief White had served with the Williamston Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Rest in Peace Chief of Police William R. White. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Williamston, N.C...

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray the scum who murdered you burns forever in hell.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 13, 2016


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