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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Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace always

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 4, 2020

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