Detective Ralph Clayton White

Detective Ralph Clayton White

Lubbock Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, September 1, 1953

Ralph Clayton White

Detective White was shot and killed while chasing a burglar. He and his partner noticed a suspicious vehicle in front of a service station and stopped to investigate. As the car attempted to leave the officers stopped it. While approaching the car they noticed another man attempting to hide behind the service station counter. Detective White went to the rear of the store to prevent the burlgar from escaping. His partner then heard two shots and looked up to see Detective White fall as he was chasing the man from the back of the store. During the pursuit they exchanged shots, with Detective White being shot once in the chest and suspect being shot once in the leg.

Detective White was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect was arrested later at a hospital when he came to seek treatment for his gunshot wound.

The 19-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Detective White had been with the agency for four years and had just been assigned to the detective bureau.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 75 years

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Rest in Peace Police Detective Ralph Clayton White. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Lubbock and The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum that murdered you burns forever in the lake of fire!


Senior Special Agent Barry Sherwood Ret.
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

September 23, 2016

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