Detective Paul B. Whitehead

Detective Paul B. Whitehead

Lincoln Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Thursday, August 10, 1967

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Paul B. Whitehead

Detective Whitehead was shot and killed after he and another officer stopped a suspicious vehicle. Unbeknownst to the officers the vehicle was stolen and the three occupants were escaped convicts from Indiana. As they approached the vehicle one of the suspects opened fire with a shotgun, mortally wounding Detective Whitehead. Detective Whitehead was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects.

All three were apprehended and sentenced to life. One was paroled October 9, 1987. Another one died in prison May 11, 1989.

Detective Whitehead was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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