Detectives Investigate Early Morning Homicide

Gastonia, N.C. - August 3, 2022: Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department (GPD) are investigating the homicide of 48-year-old Donald Watts of Gastonia that occurred early this morning inside a home.

At approximately 2:30 this morning, GPD officers were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of Belfast Drive to check on a resident of the home after a possible assault. 

Upon arrival, officers located Watts deceased inside the home.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine Watts’ exact cause of death.

This remains an active investigation and there is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000. Callers may remain anonymous.

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