Patrolman David R. Tapscott

Patrolman David R. Tapscott

Springfield Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, December 26, 1979

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David R. Tapscott

Patrolman David Tapscott died from injuries suffered two days earlier after being involved in an automobile accident while responding to a disturbance among patrons at Wanda's Tavern at 10:00 p.m.

As Patrolman Tapscott was responding to the call, his police vehicle crashed into the center support pylon at the 9th Street railroad overpass. Patrolman Tapscott was transported to the hospital and after two days on life support, he died as a result of his injuries.

Patrolman Tapscott had served with the Springfield Police Department for five years.

In May 2017, Ninth Street between Converse and Ridgely was renamed Officer David Tapscott Memorial Street.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Monday, December 24, 1979

automobile accident, response driving

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