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Police Officer Ralph King Davis | Gwinnett County Police Department, Georgia Gwinnett County Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

Ralph King Davis

Gwinnett County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, April 17, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer Ralph Davis, Officer Jerry Everett, and Officer Marvin Gravitt were shot and killed after responding to a suspicious activity call. Officer Everett and Officer Davis were riding together and driving Officer Gravitt home after he had become ill.

During the drive they responded to the call and encountered several subjects stripping a vehicle. Nearby citizens reported hearing what they believed to be firecrackers going off and a search of the area the next day turned up the officer's patrol vehicle. Their bodies were found in a wooded area a short distance away, all handcuffed together, and shot a total of 14 times.

Three suspects were arrested, one of whom was a deputy sheriff who knew the officers. All three were sentenced to death but later had their sentences commuted to life in prison. One of the suspects has since died.

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Police Officer Marvin Jesse Gravitt
Gwinnett County Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Friday, April 17, 1964
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Police Officer Jerry Reed Everett
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I grew up in DeKalb County adjacent to Gwinnett. I was 15 years old when these officers were killed. I remember it very well. 7 years later I joined the Atlanta Police Dept. I retired 44 years later after serving with three agencies. This incident was one of the reasons I decided to make a career of law enforcement. May you rest in peace and may your families know you did not did in vain. Without dedicated heroes like you no one would be safe.

Sergeant (retired)
Atlanta Ga PD, Ft. Lauderdale Fl PD and Lighthouse Point Fl PD
July 17, 2016

 

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