Patrolman John Sylvester White

Photo of Patrolman John Sylvester White
End of Watch: Sun, Nov 18th, 1877
Date of Incident: Fri, Nov 16th, 1877
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 6 years
Age: 29


Patrolman John White was shot and fatally wounded at a pawn shop on Vine Street by the notorious outlaw Frank Rande, responsible for the deaths of five men and possibly thirteen more in Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois. Rande was recognized by the pawn broker who summoned Patrolman White. White seized Rande who pulled a revolver and shot him in the thigh. Patrollman White and a store clerk returned fire seriously wounding Rande. Patrolman White was taken home where doctors recommended that his leg be amputated. After doing so, the wound still proved fatal. He succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Frank Rande was convicted of murdering three men in Illinois on February 28, 1878, and sentenced to life in prison. He hanged himself in his cell on March 8, 1884.

Patrolman White is buried in Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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