Patrolman William J. Waterson

Patrolman William J. Waterson

Clark Township Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, July 4, 1971

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William J. Waterson

Patrolman William Waterson was shot and killed after he and his partner interrupted a robbery in progress at a motel on Central Avenue, next to the Garden State Parkway. The suspect fled on foot to a nearby parking lot where he ambushed Patrolman Waterson as he searched the area.

The suspect was arrested 25 years later but acquitted at trial.

Patrolman Waterson was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served for three years with the agency and was survived by his parents, one brother, and one sister.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 19

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted; deceased

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Patrolman Waterson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you when you served with the USMC in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

July 4, 2021

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