Off-duty Harris County deputy killed in motorcycle crash after leading funeral procession, officials say

Sgt. Bruce Watson has served 20 years with the sheriff’s office

Sgt. Bruce Watson, a 20-year department veteran, was killed in a crash after finishing an off-duty job leading a funeral procession, according to the HCSO.
Sgt. Bruce Watson, a 20-year department veteran, was killed in a crash after finishing an off-duty job leading a funeral procession, according to the HCSO. (Harris County Sheriff's Office/KSAT)

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their own on Saturday.

Sgt. Bruce Watson, a 20-year department veteran, was killed in a motorcycle crash while on his way home after finishing an off-duty job leading a funeral procession, according to the HCSO.

Watson’s motorcycle was struck by a vehicle in Pearland near FM 2234 and Kingsley Drive, officials said.

He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and later succumbed to his injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Our entire Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the sudden loss of our long-time brother,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez in a statement. “Sgt. Watson served his community with honor and distinction, and we ask for everyone to lift his family in prayer during this difficult time.”

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is saddened to report the passing of Sgt. Bruce Watson. The 20-year department...

Posted by Harris County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, January 2, 2021

Watson, 51, was assigned to the Patrol Support Services Bureau and worked the night shift at the Emergency Dispatch Center, according to the HCSO.


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