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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My sister sent me this link. I was so emotionally moved as I read this. My Father was the funeral director who ran Officer Waterson's funeral,(Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home,Clark,NJ). As I was too young at that time to remember much,I do remember the feeling of intense emotion,the level of severity,and the feeling of immense and tragic loss of this Police Officer and United States Marine.
My Dad spoke of The Waterson's and the loss of Bill throughout my life.
God Bless & protect all Law Enforcement,
Im sure you are resting in peace Officer Waterson,
Rest In Peace Daddy (Walter J.Johnson,USMC)

Dianne Johnson Memorial Day 2018
Chambersburg area,PA.

May 28, 2018

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