Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Detective Robert White

Detective Robert "Bob" White
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Cause of Death: Gunfire
End of Watch: Thursday, November 10, 1927
Date of Incident: Thursday, November 10, 1927
Age: 31
Badge Number: 12
Tour of Duty: 1 year
Suspect Info: Saul Grant, charged with murder
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Buried: Unknown
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments
NLEOMF: P42 - W4
TPOM: 03, B, 08

While responding to a suspicious person call at Houston and Cherry, Detective White observed Grant who ran once he observed Detective White. Detective White chased Grant into J.C. Bolcher's grocery store. Grant then shot and killed Detective White in the grocery store, as reported by the owner of the grocery store. Grant was later arrested. A pistol was found inside the grocery store hidden in a bucket. The pistol had been fired twice. Detective White had been shot through the wrist and abdomen. ----source San Antonio Express News

As reported through the San Antonio Express News on November 11, 1927 Detective White was a Black Officer. This would make him the first Black Officer killed in the line of duty from his Department. San Antonio Police Department has listed Officer Julius N. Alberson who died December 4, 1941, 14 years after Detective White, as being the first Black Officer killed in the line of duty. This information has not yet been verified.

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