Deputy Sheriff Levi J. Whiteman

Deputy Sheriff Levi J. Whiteman

Red River County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, March 23, 1891

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Levi J. Whiteman

Deputy Sheriff Levi Whiteman, Sheriff Banks and two other men in the posse were attempting to arrest three men on warrants for burglary, robbery, theft, arson and terrorizing a community ten miles northeast of Clarksville. The posse located the group of men in an outdoor camp in a grove of trees. Deputy Whiteman was attempting to arrest the leader of the gang, Sam Crookston, when Crookston shot Deputy Whiteman, killing him almost instantly. Sam Crookston, John Toms and Kirk McGowan were all charged with the murder of Deputy Whiteman.

Whiteman was survived by his wife, and five small children, all under the age of eight. He is buried in the Madras Cemetery, rural Red River County, Texas.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Two arrested, one shot and escaped

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You are still honored Sir, RIP

James Kotke
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WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 23, 2012

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