KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Sergeant
Robert Michael Watts
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, November 15, 1990
Born: October 2, 1948
Age: 42
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge #: 310
Cause of death: Vehicular assault
Suspect information: Denied parole 2004
 
On November 15, 1990 at approximately 11:00 a.m., three Kansas City Missouri Police Officers were called to assist the fire department to evacuate a burning and occupied apartment building. Sergeant Watts heard the call and volunteered to help.

While riding his police motorcycle, red lights flashing and siren activated, he collided with a car, on 9 Highway and Briarcliff. Prosecutors say the driver was attempting to make a U-turn on the highway, and a grand jury indicted the man on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Sergeant Bob Watts did not have to respond to the emergency call, but did anyway. During his 19 years on the Kansas City Police Department he had received 43 letters of commendation. Sergeant Watts previously served in the Army and was a Viet Nam War veteran. Interred: Enloe Cemtery - Russelville, MO.