Police Officer Danny Lee Watson

Police Officer Danny Lee Watson

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 1971

Danny Lee Watson

Officer Watson and Officer William Wortmann were shot and killed when they approached two brothers for reasons that are unknown. One of the brothers said he shot the two officers, who were in plain clothes, because he thought they were going to rob him. Officer Watson died at the scene and Officer Wortmann died from his wounds the following day.

Both brothers were freed after an investigation showed no evidence of criminal intent and that both officers failed to identify themselves as police officers.

Officer Watson was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested and released

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