Officer George Steve Watkins

Officer George Steve Watkins

Troy Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, November 26, 1981

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George Steve Watkins

Officer George Watkins was shot and killed after responding to a report of an elderly man shooting a gun on Daisy Court.

Officers had responded to the scene earlier in the day for a similar report and took a gun from the man but did not arrest him because it was Thanksgiving Day. When Officer Watkins arrived the second time, he was shot under the left arm in an area not protected by his vest. Officer Watkins succumbed to his wounds in a local hospital.

The suspect was shot and killed after wounding two other officers.

Officer Watkins was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Troy Police Department for almost two years. He was survived by his parents and four brothers.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

shots fired, weapons violation

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I am the only surviving officer that responded to the call on Daisy Court. The suspect shot me in the right arm after shooting Steve. We returned fire killing the suspect. Other officers on the scene that day were: Lt. Roy Pugh, Sgt. Malcolm Griffin, Ofc. Charlie Collins. Malcolm also sustained a gunshot wound. May they all rest in peace.
Steve was a lifelong friend as well as a fellow officer. For months after I would pickup the phone to call Steve. The loss would hit me again.
May all my brothers rest in peace.

Sgt. Clark Boutwrll (retired)
Troy Alabama Police Department

May 24, 2023

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