Police Officer Berchman L. White

Police Officer Berchman L. White

South Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, August 4, 1941

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Berchman L. White

Officer White was shot and killed while he and his partner transported a prisoner from the South Norfolk Trial Justice Court to the Norfolk County Jail. As the officers approached the jail the prisoner reached from the back seats, grabbed Officer White's partner's service revolver, and then shot Officer White in the head. The suspect then committed suicide with the pistol.
Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk merged in 1963 to form the City of Chesapeake. Both police agencies were also merged and no longer exist. Officer White had been with the agency for 18 months and was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Rest in peace Officer White.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 6, 2021

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