Police Officer Harry Lee Davis

Police Officer Harry Lee Davis

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, April 6, 1970

Harry Lee Davis

Officer Davis succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one month earlier when he and his partner responded to a holdup alarm at a local bar at the corner of 23rd Street and Christian Street. Upon arrival Officer Davis entered went to the front of the bar as his partner went around back. As Officer Davis entered the bar he confronted the suspect who shot him once in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver.

After hearing the shot, the other officer ran to the front of the bar where he saw Officer Davis collapse. He chased the suspect for two blocks and exchanged shots with him before arresting him inside an apartment. The suspect was initially charged with murder after Officer Davis succumbed to his wound.

Officer Davis had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 6848

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 8, 1970
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Harry, we grew up together. You eventually married my sister. You were like a brother to me. We miss you still. You would be proud of Harry Davis, Jr. and Cheryl. Your wife, Ann, wears an image of your badge as a necklace. You are loved. Thank God we will meet again. Heaven is real.

Bettye, sister-in-law

March 25, 2018

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