Detective Sergeant Marshall N. White

Detective Sergeant Marshall N. White

Ogden Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Friday, October 18, 1963

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Marshall N. White

Detective Sergeant Marshall White was shot and killed by a juvenile who had broken into a home. Neighbors called police after hearing glass breaking and seeing a juvenile enter a house on Quincy Street.

Sergeant White and five other officers responded to the break in. He and three officers entered the house and proceeded down a hallway leading to the bedrooms. As they were halfway down the hallway, the suspect came out of a bedroom armed with a .32-caliber carbine. Sergeant White attempted to talk the suspect into surrendering the rifle. The suspect fired the rifle and struck Sergeant White in the abdomen. The suspect retreated into the bedroom and the two officers were able to take Sergeant White outside where he was transported to a local hospital. Detective Sergeant Marshall White died three days later from his wounds.

The officers remaining on the scene were able to talk the suspect into surrendering. The juvenile suspect was charged as a juvenile with felonious assault, escape from a juvenile facility, larceny, and third-degree burglary prior to Sergeant White’s death. After his death, he was charged with first-degree murder.

To avoid the death penalty the 17-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He escaped from prison four times between 1965 and 1972. Each time he was captured within a few days. He was paroled December 14, 1976. On October 31, 1977, he was shot and critically wounded by a deputy sheriff when he ignored the officer's command to halt as he fled from a Salt Lake City grocery store he had just robbed.

Detective Sergeant Marshall White was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and served fifteen years as a law enforcement officer. He is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 15, 1963
  • Weapon Rifle; .32 caliber carbine
  • Offender Paroled in 1976


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Who was Marshall White? The first Utah Black Police Officer killed in the line of duty.

Posted on Feb. 15, 2021 Rochester News

NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) You see names on buildings all the time. Who are these people? In this Utah Caring Stories, Doug Jessop celebrates Black History Month with the story behind the name of the Marshall White Center in Ogden.

Ronald W. White is the son of Marshall White. He showed me a picture of a number of police officers and told me; “He was a black detective, Sargent Detective for Ogden City. He was Dad.”

In October 1963, Ogden, Utah Police Detective Sergeant Marshall White was shot and killed while trying to talk a suspect into surrendering his weapon. He was the first Utah black officer killed in the line of duty. His son, Ronald White, was six years old.

Ronald continued letting me know who his Dad was; “He was the president of the NAACP, Ogden City Detective, he was a Mason, he hung out at the local Golden Gloves boxing joint.”

It was clear that Detective Sergeant Marshall White looked out for people in the community. Ronald got understandably emotional as he said, “I’m sure he was that way to a lot of people in the neighborhood. He was their defender. He was a hero to me.”

The Marshall White Recreation Center was dedicated on the fifth Anniversary of his death. Today it’s a busy place with everyone from Head Start kids to seniors playing pickle ball and youth basketball.

What does Ronald White want people to remember about his father, Detective Sergeant Marshall White? “I guess, I want them to remember that it was a man that gave his all for his neighborhood. We all give some. But he gave his all.”

What does the Marshall White Recreation Center mean to the community? According to Edd Bridge, Recreation Manager for Ogden City; “It’s truly been a melting pot and gathering place for the community to come.”

I asked Ronald what he thought his Dad would think of this place now? He answered through a smile; “I think he would be proud that the young people have someplace to go. Something to do. I think that is what he always wanted.”

With that said, it’s nice to share a cell phone video from Danielle Peterson; “This is what I like to see. Ogden Police playing basketball with the kids.”

I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”

Retired Police Officer

February 15, 2021

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