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Patrolman David C. Douglass, Sr. | Lower Township Police Department, New Jersey Lower Township Police Department, New Jersey


David C. Douglass, Sr.

Lower Township Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Friday, February 18, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 18 years

Badge # 134

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman David Douglass was shot and killed while responding to a report of a burglar.

Patrolman Douglass was pursuing, on foot, a burglary suspect who had just set a house on fire when the suspect turned and shot him. Patrolman Douglass returned fire, striking the suspect in the hand and was able to make it back to his patrol car to call for assistance but did not survive the attack.

The suspect was arrested six weeks later. He plead guilty and was sentenced to life.

Patrolman Douglass had served with the Lower Township Police Department for 18 years, as well as serving as a Lieutenant on the Town Bank Fire Department. He helped create the Lower Township SWAT team, he was an instructor at the Cape May County Police Academy, and a past president of the Policeman's Benevolent Association. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and step-daughter.

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I stand with God. I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary.
I fight for those who can’t. I fight for Justice.
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And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, for I serve to protect the innocent.
It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries.
Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee.
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Cry not at my passing, for it was my honor to fight for you.
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For now, I stand with God!

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