Deputy Sheriff William Paul Davis

Deputy Sheriff William Paul Davis

Moody County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota

End of Watch Monday, November 3, 2003

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William Paul Davis

Deputy Sheriff Bill Davis was struck and killed by a vehicle while working a crash scene on I-29 at the Sioux Falls River Bridge.

He was placing the driver of one of the vehicles under arrest for refusing to sign a citation when another driver lost control of her vehicle on the icy road. The vehicle slid into the back of Deputy Davis' patrol car and then struck him as he was searching the suspect. Deputy Davis was thrown approximately 30 feet away and killed almost instantly.

Deputy Davis was a United States Army and Navy Vietnam War veteran and had served in law enforcement for 21 years. He is survived by his mother and brother.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 52-1K

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident investigation, weather

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Deputy Sheriff Davis,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 3, 2023

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