Patrol Officer Roy Eugene Watkins

Patrol Officer Roy Eugene Watkins

Forest City Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, October 7, 1939

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Roy Eugene Watkins

Officer Watkins was shot and killed as he responded to a domestic disturbance. A man had gone to a woman's home and threatened to kill everyone there when she refused to come outside. As the officer approached the man opened fire with his 12-gauge shotgun, fatally wounding Officer Watkins. The suspect was apprehended later that evening.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the gas chamber June 14, 1940.

Officer Watkins had been with the agency for three years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Executed in 1940

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

October 7, 2020

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