Sergeant James Gatewood, Jr.

Sergeant James Gatewood, Jr.

Royal Oak Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, June 22, 1961

Add to My Heroes

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


Most Recent Reflection

View all 13 Reflections

My Dearest Uncle Jimmy,
Today June 22, 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of your EOW on June 22, 1961. You will forever be our hero.

Brenda Joyce

June 22, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.