Officer Mark Andrew White

Officer Mark Andrew White

Roseville Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, February 10, 1995

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Mark Andrew White

Officer Mark White was shot and killed by fellow officers who had mistaken him for an armed suspect during a confrontation with an armed man inside the Roseville Police Department headquarters.

Officer White had just finished his shift and had changed into civilian clothes in preparation for leaving. An armed subject then entered the police department lobby and pointed a gun at the desk clerk and a citizen.

Other officers who were inside the police station, as well as officers who were outside, responded to the lobby and shot the subject as he pointed his gun at them. Officer White, whose office was attached to the lobby in a different area, was approaching the scene with his gun drawn as the subject was shot. One of the other officers mistook Officer White as a second suspect and shot him once, fatally wounding him.

The armed subject survived and was subsequently committed to a state hospital.

Officer White had served with the Roseville Police Department for three years and had served in law enforcement for a total of nine years. He is survived by his wife, son, and parents.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 71

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed

EDP, mistaken identity, weapons violation

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Dear Liz,

I'm sorry it's taken me this long to reply to your Post. I remember many things about you since that tragic day. How we met at the Norcal COPS Chapter meetings. How you seemed to have a smile whenever we needed one. How you started over again with the help of some guy named Randy. How you came up to me and hugged me at the Candlelight Vigil before the Annual Memorial one year. I asked you if you were a little better. You nodded yes.

How we stumbled into each other years later at the Dinner before another Candlelight Vigil. We simultaneously picked our two cups of Punch, looked at each other, screamed out in joy and hugged. I don't think we could've been more shocked to see each other.

Like many people, I have no words of my own to convey that sense of Grief, Sorrow and the ache in our Heart that comes with this. So I'll use the words of another American who paid the Ultimate Price for that word we often times use a bit to casually, Freedom. I hope it's enough for all of you. Take care.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
A. Lincoln

(November 21st, 1864. Abraham Lincoln)

Chris Ming Reserve Police Officer (Ret)
Antioch Police Department

March 20, 2022

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