Sergeant Harry E. White, II

Sergeant Harry E. White, II

Waukegan Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, November 13, 1977

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Harry E. White, II

Sergeant Harry White was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for murdering his wife.

The suspect was spotted in a tavern in Winthrop Harbor. The Waukegan Police Department was notified and Sergeant White responded to the scene. When he attempted to arrest the suspect, the man produced a handgun and shot the officer, killing him.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but he was later resentenced to life in prison and died in July 1990.

Sergeant White had served with the Waukegan Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in 1990

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The Waukegan PD protected me as a kid, growing up
in Waukegan 1960 - 1979. The Mason's, The Temp's,
The Tufo's, The Ello's. Just a great group of guys to
protect us. My dad was the Assistant Chief at this time.
Always had Ello on our "breakin' curfew" butts as kids.
That was awesome! Joe was always looking out for
our best interests; while we were not... Ha!

RIP Officer White. You are not forgotten.


July 2, 2021

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