Sheriff Palmer Morrison Watts

Sheriff Palmer Morrison Watts

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, August 15, 1918

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Palmer Morrison Watts

Sheriff Watts was shot and killed while attempting to raid a still. The suspect had previously threatened to kill anyone who attempted to arrest him.

The suspect fled but was later found hiding in a field. He was convicted of Sheriff Watts' murder and was hanged on June 27, 1919.

Sheriff Watts was survived by his wife, two children, and six siblings.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1919


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Mr. Watts would was my great grandfather. His daughter Ruth Fitts was my grandmother. My understanding is that Mr. Watts was a kind and wonderful father. He did not seek the office of Sheriff, but the citizens called and he responded.


December 20, 2019

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