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 Roland White, Policeman

Roland White

Thursday, May 11, 1950

White, Roland

Rank: Policeman

Serial Number:5049

Division: 77th Street

Location: 10960 S. Avalon Blvd.

Date Killed: Thursday, May 11, 1950

Cause of Death: Shot during a Disturbance

Bio: Policeman White succumbed to gunshot wounds
sustained 9 days earlier after he and his partner responded to a
breaking and entering call on East 110th Street. Upon arrival they
were informed that a woman had come to the home, which belonged to
her sister, to seek refuge for her and her two children from her
drunk husband. The husband had followed her to the home and
attempted to kick in the door, but left when he was

The woman informed the officers that her husband was likely at a
tavern at the intersection of 109th Street and Avalon Boulevard.
The officers went to the location and located the man in a phone
booth in the back of the tavern. They requested that he accompany
them outside and he agreed to go. As they started to walk towards
the door the man suddenly produced a .45 caliber handgun and
ordered the officers to drop their weapons.

Policeman White attempted to lunge for the man but the suspect
opened fire, striking him in the abdomen five times. One round also
struck Policeman White's partner in the leg. The man fled as the
bartender returned fire, using one of the officers' service

Policeman White's partner was able to crawl to his patrol car and
radio for help. A massive manhunt located the man hiding in a
service station a short time later. After a short standoff the man
exited the service station and then fatally shot himself in the

Policeman White had served with the Department for 3 years. He was
survived by his wife and son.

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