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Officer George Steve Watkins | Troy Police Department, Alabama Troy Police Department, Alabama

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George Steve Watkins

Troy Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, November 26, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer George Watkins was shot and killed after responding to a report of an elderly man shooting a gun.

Officers had responded to the scene earlier in the day for a similar report and took a gun from the man but did not arrest him because it was Thanksgiving Day. When Officer Watkins arrived the second time he was shot under the left arm, in an area not protected by his vest. Officer Watkins succumbed to his wounds in a local hospital.

The suspect was shot and killed after wounding two other officers.

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I was in Boot Camp with Steve (Plt 106, MCRD PI, Jan - Mar 76). We chased each other to MP School, Ft McClellan, Ala. Steve took me home to his house for a long weekend.

I can not remember ever have as much fun as with Steve.

Steve went to MCB LeJeune, I went home, as I was a reserve, then on to the West PAC on active duty.

We spoke again in '79, he did not age, it was the same Steve- God fearing, fun seeking guy.

Today I remember Steve and all that he stood for.

Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas,

Ken Wymer
DHS, USA
May 15, 2012

 

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