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Police Officer James B. Watts | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

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James B. Watts

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Saturday, March 15, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/19/1974

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer James Watts and Detective John Tsolis, of the Highland Park 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.

Officer Watts had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife, child, parents and brother.

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End of Watch: Tuesday, April 16, 1974
Cause: Gunfire

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