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Village Marshal William Watts | Tamaroa Police Department, Illinois Tamaroa Police Department, Illinois

Village Marshal

William Watts

Tamaroa Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, August 4, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Executed in 1882

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Marshal William Watts died after being stabbed in the chest by a suspect he was attempting to arrest for disturbing the peace. The suspect had held a grudge against Marshal Watts for a previous encounter the marshal had with the suspect's brother and had proclaimed he would kill the marshal if he ever attempted to arrest him.

On the day of Marshal Watts' murder, the suspect had become drunk and was walking on the village's streets professing his hatred of Marshal Watts. Marshal Watts appeared and attempted to arrest the man. The suspect, who was holding a pocket knife, stabbed Marshal Watts in the chest, severing an artery.

Despite being mortally wounded, Marshal Watts was able to fire at the suspect, striking him in the leg. He was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On June 16, 1882, he was executed by hanging at the Perry County Jail.

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Rest in Peace, Marshal Watts. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 29, 2013


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