Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 29 years
Badge # Not available
Offender: Sentenced to life
Patrolman Guy Davis was shot and killed in Williamston when he stopped a vehicle he observed run a red light at the intersection of U.S. 17 and U.S. 64.
Unbeknownst to him, the vehicle contained three suspects, two men and a woman, who had just robbed a bank in Jamesville. Marin County had not yet notified the Highway Patrol of the robbery or a description of the suspects.
When Patrolman Davis leaned down to speak with the driver, he was shot in the face with a sawed-off shotgun. A doctor who witnessed the shooting and a responding Williamston officer attempted to save Patrolman Davis' life but he died within minutes of the shooting.
The three suspects fled but were later apprehended after a manhunt with hundreds of state patrolmen. They were located nearby hiding in a bean field after a highway patrol helicopter happened to land near them by chance. The chopper's rotor wash blew the bean plants aside, revealing the suspect's location and they were taken into custody.
The three suspects were sentenced to life in prison on June 30, 1977. One of the male suspects died in prison on January 4, 2001. The female suspect, who was to be released from prison on October 29, 2009, had her release blocked by Governor Beverly Purdue. The other male suspect, who was the shooter, remains in prison and is not being considered for parole.
On December 14, 2009, a superior court judge ordered that the female suspect be released but the North Carolina Court of Appeals blocked her release.
Patrolman Davis was assigned to the Bertie County District. In 2004, the North Carolina Department of Transportation named a bridge on US Highway 17, at the Bertie County-Martin County line, in honor of Patrolman Davis.
As a result of the murder of Patrolman Davis, and a similar murder of Trooper Peterson in 1979, communication protocols were changed statewide and local authorities along with the NC Highway patrol made better efforts to immediately cross communicate in the event of serious crimes and attacks on officers.
Patrolman Davis is survived by his wife and two children.