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Inspector William J. Davis | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Inspector

William J. Davis

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, January 5, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/4/1928

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1929

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Inspector William Davis was shot and killed while he and two other officers investigated a call from a neighbor of the man. While attempting to gain entry into the house one of the suspects opened fire, fatally wounding him. The man was apprehended after a shootout with other officers. Inspector Davis succumbed to his wounds the following day.

The suspect was shot sentenced to death for Investigator Davis' murder. He was hung at San Quentin State Prison on February 15, 1929. The suspect's wife and brother-in-law were also convicted of charges relating to the murder and sent to prison.

Inspector Davis was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Dear Grandpa, I found some tattered newspaper clippings tucked away in my mother's hope chest yesterday. My mother, Mary Angela Davis, was just 14 years old when you were shot to death, she rarely spoke of you to us, her 8 children in Cleveland, Oh. She said that you were her hero, a brave and kind gentleman to all. She was proud of you, so grateful that on your deathbed you converted to Catholicism; you received all the sacraments, thereby comforting your wife Josephine. She believed she would see you again in heaven. Thank you for this last gift to our family. Until we meet...may God hold you and all officers in His loving arms.

Barbara Joan Hathaway
Granddaughter
August 8, 2016

 

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