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Correctional Officer Leo G Davis | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Correctional Officer

Leo G Davis

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 21, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Correctional Officer Leo Davis was stabbed to death at San Quentin State Prison while guarding a prisoner who was a witness to the murder of Officer William Shull the previous year at Soledad Prison. Officer Davis was guarding the door to the prisoner's hospital cell when he was attacked and stabbed by two inmates who were attempting to gain access to the cell to murder the other prisoner.

The suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on June 21, 1973.

Officer Shull was stabbed to death on July 23, 1970, and Officer John Mills was beaten to death on January 16, 1970, in retaliation for an earlier incident in which three prisoners were shot and killed during a courtyard riot.

Correctional Officer Davis was survived by his wife and four children.

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Officer John V. Mills
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Friday, January 16, 1970
Cause: Assault

Correctional Officer William C. Shull
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch: Thursday, July 23, 1970
Cause: Stabbed

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God bless you John....I served in that hospital in 1974....rest in peace brother

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