Auxiliary Trooper Ormand Franklin Watkins

Auxiliary Trooper Ormand Franklin Watkins

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, April 11, 1971

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Ormand Franklin Watkins

Trooper Ormand Watkins was shot and killed after stopping a reckless driver on Sibert Road, in Etowah County.

During the traffic stop it was determined that the man was drunk. The man gained control of Trooper Watkins gun and fatally wounded him. He also shot and wounded a second trooper who was on the scene.

Trooper Watkins' killer was sentenced to 30 years in prison but served only 10 years before being pardoned by Governor George Wallace.

Trooper Watkins had been with the agency for six months. He was survived by his wife and 1-week-old child.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Pardoned

traffic stop

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Trooper Watkins,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Alabama. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 11, 2021

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