Thomas Waterson, born Seth
Thomas Waterson in 1895 (died in 1947) was an American police officer and member of the Memphis Police Department in
Tennessee. Along with Detective Sergeant William Raney
of the Memphis police, Waterson was a member of the team who (along
with FBI Agents) captured notorious "Public Enemy Number One", George "Machine Gun" Kelly.
was a killer so skilled with a tommygun that he could allegedly
stitch his name in .45-caliber slugs. The notable raid occurred at
Kelly's Memphis hideout at residence of friend J.C. Tichenor
(located at No. 1408 Raynor Street) in the wee morning hours of
The police crept up to the front door, slowly opened it, and
stepped inside. Coming out of the bathroom was the notorious George
Kelly Barnes. Caught without a weapon, George Kelly supposedly
cried, "Don’t shoot, G-Men! Don’t shoot, G-Men!" as he surrendered
to FBI Agents and Memphis police.
Tommy Waterson retired from the Memphis Police Department and moved
to California with his family. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in
California alongside his wife, Ann Waterson.
He had one
son Steven Waterson, who is still living and resides in San
- Memphis Flyer "Machine Gun Kelly Arrested in
Memphis 74 Years Ago This Week" SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
- Memphis Police.com
- Memphis Flyer "Machine Gun Kelly
Arrested in Memphis 74 Years Ago This Week" SEPTEMBER 25,