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Alameda Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: CA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jul. 19, 1898
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male
Agency
Dept: Alameda County Sheriff's Office - CA
1401 Lakeside Dr  
Oakland, CA   94612   USA
(510)667-7721
County: Alameda
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy Constable
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Explosion
Weapon Class: Explosive
Agency URL: Click Here
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: CA   USA   Tue. Jul. 19, 1898
Summary: Deputy Constable John Lerri was one of five deputies killed as a result of a powder magazine explosion in pursuit of a suspected murderer. Deputy Daniel Cameron, Constable Gustave Koch, Deputy John Lerri, Deputy Charles White, and Deputy George Woodsum were killed when a powder magazine containing a barricaded murder suspect exploded. The suspect was an employee of an explosives company and had murdered a coworker during a dispute over Chinese lottery tickets.

The suspect fled into the powder keg, which contained 5-tons of powder, and threatened to blow it up if anyone attempted to arrest him. The standoff continued overnight and into the morning until the suspect called to Deputy White and told him he was ready to come out.

As the other deputies approached the magazine it suddenly exploded, killing the five deputies, a female bystander, the suspect, and seriously injuring two other deputies.

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Related: Gustave Koch Charles M. White George Woodsum Daniel Carlyle Cameron
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