Detective John Paul Tsolis

Detective John Paul Tsolis

Highland Park Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, April 16, 1974

John Paul Tsolis

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.

Bio

  • Age 49
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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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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