Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 18 years
Badge # 134
Incident Date: 2/18/1994
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Sentenced to life
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.