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Officer Joel Michael Davis | East Palo Alto Police Department, California East Palo Alto Police Department, California


Joel Michael Davis

East Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 22, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 32

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Davis was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect with a gun. He had responded as backup to other officers on the initial call. During the pursuit the suspect jumped over a fence and waited on the other side. As Officer Davis began to come over the fence he was shot in the shoulder by the suspect. The man then shot him again in the head before fleeing. The suspect was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life.

Officer Davis served with the East Palo Alto Police Department as a full time officer for six months and had previously served with the agency as a reserve officer for 3 years. He had also served as a reserve deputy with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his parents and sister.

In August 2002, a new park was dedicated in his name.

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Way too young and off duty with only his "off duty" handgun in solo foot pursuit of a suspect......... EPA was a little short on PD resources in those days. RIP Joel

Brian Dickson Fire Captain/Paramedic
Menlo Park Fire District (EPAs FD)
August 2, 2017


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