Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 24 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
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.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Police Officer James B. Watts