Investigator Michael David Davis, Sr.

Investigator Michael David Davis, Sr.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 24, 1988

Michael David Davis, Sr.

Investigator Michael Davis was killed in a helicopter accident while working on a multi-agency narcotics task force. A car was spotted in a canyon and the helicopter began to descend when its rotor blades struck power lines and caused it to crash.

Also killed in the accident were Deputy James McSweeney of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Roy Chester of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Sergeant Richard Romero of the Imperial County Sheriff's Department, and Deputy Mark Tonkin of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and the three California National Guard crew members operating the flight.

Investigator Davis had served with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, four sons, daughter, parents, and siblings.

One of Investigator Davis' son, Investigator Michael Davis Jr., was shot and killed in the line of duty on October 24th, 2014, while serving with the Placer County Sheriff's Department. Their line of duty deaths occurred exactly 26 years apart to the day.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Investigator Michael David Davis Sr., and Detective Michael David Davis Jr. will never ever be forgotten. May your souls both rest in Heaven, and may God bless your family.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

April 13, 2018

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