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Chief of Police Joseph Wilson Davis | Ansted Police Department, West Virginia Ansted Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police

Joseph Wilson Davis

Ansted Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 27, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1939

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Chief Davis was shot and killed by the brother of a man who Chief Davis had shot and killed months earlier. Chief Davis was in a grocery store when the suspect shot him in the back.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced on May 14, 1934, to 18 years in prison. He was paroled July 8, 1939.

Chief Davis had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and 11 children.

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This happened in 1934, I was born 1953. I was May be seven years old. People in Ansted were still talking about Joe Davis. He was honest, Best Chief of Police Ansted ever had, preformed his duties with integrity, was a great person. Rest in peace, Chief. I know Helen Marie. Great man.

Debra J. Harrah
Residence of Ansted WV
March 25, 2015

 

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