Police Officer John Patrick Watson

Police Officer John Patrick Watson

Kenai Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 2003

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John Patrick Watson

Officer John Watson was shot and killed after locating a vehicle wanted by the Alaska State Troopers.

At 7:41 pm, the troopers had asked for assistance in locating a newer silver Ford Excursion. A citizen had reported to the troopers that the suspect and a 21-year-old female had left her residence in a Ford Excursion and that the subject appeared intoxicated and agitated. The troopers were attempting to locate the vehicle in order to conduct a welfare check.

Officer Watson went to the home of the subject but was unable to locate the truck. At 8:16 pm, Officer Watson reported that he had just seen a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle driving past him. He turned around and stopped the vehicle in the driveway at a residence on Watergate Way. Officer Watson allowed the female companion to exit the vehicle in order to take two dogs into the house.

During the stop, the suspect acted aggressively toward Officer Watson, and a struggle ensued as Officer Watson attempted to arrest the man. At some point during the struggle, the suspect was able to obtain Officer Watson's service weapon, a Glock 21, .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun. The suspect fired two shots, one of which struck Officer Watson in the back and was deflected by his bullet-resistant vest. The second shot struck Officer Watson in the back of the head, killing him.

The suspect then walked into the residence, where his female companion took the gun from him and put it in the bedroom.

When backup officers arrived, the female came to the door and ran from the residence unharmed, but the suspect refused to surrender. After a short stand-off, the suspect surrendered to officers at 1:07 am. He was convicted of first-degree murder and assault on June 3, 2005, and sentenced to 101 years.

Officer Watson was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Kenai Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his wife, children, mother, two brothers, and sister.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 101 years

arrest attempt, domestic, welfare check

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Officer Watson,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S, Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 25, 2023

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