Game Warden Joseph D. Whitaker

Game Warden Joseph D. Whitaker

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, November 15, 1936

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Joseph D. Whitaker

Game Warden Joseph Whitaker was shot and killed when his automatic pistol accidentally discharged as he got out of his car to investigate a suspicious vehicle on the North Mills River Road in Henderson County.

He and his brother had been enforcing hunting and searching for people illegally spotlighting deer. They observed a vehicle drive up and down the road adjacent to the house they were staying in and went to investigate it.

Warden Whitaker was survived by his mother and three brothers.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

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Rest In Peace Brother. You are remembered and honored on the 81st anniversary of your E.O.W.

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

November 15, 2017

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