Patrolman William J. Waterson

Patrolman William J. Waterson

Clark Township Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, July 4, 1971

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.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 19

Incident Details

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

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It's been 49 years now since Bill and I completed basic training together for our respective police departments and 47 years since his shooting. I have had the honor to attend Police Memorial Week for the last 10 years and each time I have honored his service by placing a memento or wreath by his name.
Remember you are not forgotten. REP brother

PO Peter D Schwarz Sr (ret)
Twp of Union N.J.

April 5, 2018

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