Patrolman Robert D. Watford

Patrolman Robert D. Watford

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, September 18, 1969

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Robert D. Watford

Patrolman Robert Watford was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car at Charlton Street and Bull Street. The suspect was an armed robbery suspect. The subject shot Patrolman Watford and then stole his badge and gun. The suspect, 22, was apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman Watford had served with the Savannah Police Department for only five months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 18, 2020

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