Sergeant James Gatewood, Jr.

Sergeant James Gatewood, Jr.

Royal Oak Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, June 22, 1961

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James Gatewood, Jr.

Sergeant James Gatewood was shot and killed and his partner was seriously wounded when they responded to the home of a former mental patient to investigate a complaint that he had been bothering girls on a nearby playground.

As they approached the home, at 10303 Algona Road in the Federal Housing Authority's Oakdale Gardens complex, the suspect shot them both through his screen door. The suspect was apprehended a short time later.

The suspect was committed to a mental hospital on August 4th, 1961.

Sergeant Gatewood previously served with the United States Marine Corps and is survived by his wife, daughter, and four sons.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Committed


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I remember everyday on duty seeing your photo on the wall behind the control desk at the PD and the respectful memories of those who knew and served under you, including your son, John, whom I personally served under, a good man.

Patrolman Dennis A Bozung
Royal Oak Township, Charter

April 1, 2023

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