Deputy Sheriff George Woodsum

Deputy Sheriff George Woodsum

Alameda County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Tuesday, July 19, 1898

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George Woodsum

Deputy Woodsum was one of five deputies killed as a result of a powder magazine explosion.

He served for one year and was survived by his wife, 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.


Deputy Daniel Cameron, Constable Gustave Koch, Deputy John Lerri, Deputy Charles White, and Deputy George Woodsum were killed when a powder magazine containing a barricaded murder suspect exploded. The suspect was an employee of an explosives company and had murdered a coworker during a dispute over Chinese lottery tickets.

The suspect fled into the powder keg, which contained 5-tons of powder, and threatened to blow it up if anyone attempted to arrest him. The standoff continued overnight and into the morning until the suspect called to Deputy White and told him he was ready to come out.

As the other deputies approached the magazine it suddenly exploded, killing the five deputies, a female bystander, the suspect, and seriously injuring two other deputies.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion

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Deputy Sheriff Woodsum,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officers for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alameda County.

R.I.P.
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Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

July 19, 2023

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