Watchman John Batts

Watchman John Batts

Southwark Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 8, 1838

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John Batts

Watchman John Batts was killed when he was struck multiple times in the back of the head after leaving his box on Shippen Street (present-day Bainbridge Street) near Third Street.

The subject was arrested a short time later after he attempted to break into a woman's home. The subject was taken to the lockup where it was discovered he had escaped from an insane asylum the previous day.

The man was declared insane and unable to stand trial for Watchman Batts' murder. The subject died while at Moyamensing Prison on November 26th, 1840.

Watchman Batts had served with the Southwark Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and predeceased by a young daughter.


  • Age 70
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Lumber
  • Offender Died in prison

ambushed, EDP, escapee

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Watchman Batts, it's an honor to be the second of what I hope and am sure will be numerous others to say thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace knowing you are and always will be a true hero sir.

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

June 8, 2020

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