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Detective John Paul Tsolis | Highland Park Police Department, Michigan Highland Park Police Department, Michigan


John Paul Tsolis

Highland Park Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 16, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 24 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Detective John Tsolis and Police Officer James Watts, of the Detroit Police Department, were shot as they executed a narcotics search warrant at the home of the suspect. The suspect was hiding in a closet on the second floor and when Detective Tsolis opened the door the man began firing with two guns. Detective Tsolis was killed instantly and Officer Watts suffered wounds in his arm and chest. He was able to return fire and wound the suspect.

Detective Tsolis died of his wounds at the scene and Officer Watts died on March 15, 1975, almost one year later.

Detective Tsolis had served with the agency for 24 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Police Officer James B. Watts
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Saturday, March 15, 1975
Cause: Gunfire

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My friend John. I remember working with you many times in the Dept. Many memories. It was my Honor working with you and having you as a friend. Thank you for all the advice and help. You are missed and loved. Armen

Lieut. (Retired) Armen L. Hagopian
Friend. Highland Park Police Dept.
November 6, 2015


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