Chief of Police William R. White

Chief of Police William R. White

Williamston Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, August 15, 1911

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William R. White

Chief of Police William White was shot and killed from ambush by a man he had arrested for selling liquor without a license several weeks earlier. Chief White was returning home from a visit with a friend when he was hit with a load of buckshot.

He was walking along Main Street, between the Courthouse and Watts Street, when he was ambushed. After shooting Chief White the subject hid the shotgun behind a house and ran home. He was arrested by the county sheriff a short time later at his house.

The man was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair on May 17th, 1912.

Chief White had served with the Williamston Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1912

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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