Kenai Police officer slain

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2003

A Kenai Police officer was shot and killed at approximately 8:18 p.m. Thursday in Kenai.

According to Alaska State Troopers, patrol officer John Watson, 43, died as the result of gunshot wounds suffered at a residence on Watergate Way in Kenai's VIP neighborhood.

Following a lengthy standoff with police, David Forster, 33, of Kenai was taken into custody in connection with the slaying.

According to Troopers and officers at the scene, Watson was performing a welfare check on a vehicle being sought by Troopers and Soldotna police. After locating the vehicle at the residence, Watson was allegedly confronted by Forster and shot. He died at the scene.

Backup units arrived, and Forster apparently refused to surrender. Police blocked off neighborhood streets, and after a lengthy standoff, Forster was taken into custody. He was later booked at Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of first degree murder and first degree assault.

Officer Watson leaves a wife and family.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation and the State Crime Lab are investigating.

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