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.

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.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was working for enterprise police when the shooting happen; I had met Steve a few weeks before. When the shooting went out I was headed to Troy on highway 167; when they announced the shooter dead. I understand the pain the family has to feel because in 2000 I lost my son as a military police officer. My heart goes out to the family on this day; know his service is never forgotten.

Tom Gleason
Retired state of Florida

November 22, 2018

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