Patrolman Aquilla W. White

Patrolman Aquilla W. White

Owensboro Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, November 4, 1896

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Aquilla W. White

Patrolman Aquilla White was shot and killed while attempting to disperse a group of men who were acting disorderly on Lower Fifth Street, near the Southern Iron Works.

A man grabbed his service revolver and shot him. The suspect was arrested a few days later in Louisville.

On December 26th, 1896, a mob seized the suspect from the Owensboro jailer at gunpoint and hanged him.

Patrolman White had served with the Owensboro Police Department for only 11 months. He was survived by his fiancee.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 3, 1896
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Lynched


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Patrolman White,
Even though it’s been over 125 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Owensboro.


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December 10, 2021

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