Chief of Police William E. Whiteman

Chief of Police William E. Whiteman

Vesta Coal Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, January 14, 1920

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William E. Whiteman

Chief of Police William Whiteman was shot and killed by one of four men while investigating the sounds of an explosion at the post office in Daisytown, Wahington County, at approximately 1:30 am.

When he arrived at the scene he was shot by the lookout. The four men ran from the scene. They attempted to blow open the post office safe using dynamite. The safe was badly damaged but remained locked.

Chief Whiteman was taken to South Side Hospital, in Pittsburgh, where he died a short time later.

Chief Whiteman was survived by his wife.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 14, 2020

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