Police Officer James L. Davis, Jr.

Police Officer James L. Davis, Jr.

Butler University Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, September 24, 2004

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James L. Davis, Jr.

Police Officer James Davis was shot and killed while investigating reports of a suspicious person outside of Hinkle Fieldhouse on the university campus.

The suspect was reported to police after being observed watching the women's basketball team practice for an extended period of time. Officer Davis had just radioed dispatchers to check the suspect's identification when he was attacked by the suspect and shot with his own service weapon.

The suspect then stole Officer Davis' service weapon as he fled the scene. The man was shot and killed several hours later after being located by two Marion County Sheriff's Department deputies in an off-campus neighborhood. The man opened fire on the two deputies with Officer Davis' stolen service weapon and was killed when the deputies returned fire.

Officer Davis had served with the Butler University Police Department for just under two years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Butler 17

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

suspicious person

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I can’t believe it’s been 16 years since your amazing person left us to rest with God. Not a day goes by that I and the girls don’t think of you. So many memories - joy, laughter, tears we went through it all. You are still and will forever be our Angel and Hero. I selfishly wish you were still here, but I know God needed your more. Thank you for a lifetime of memories - I can still hear your voice (strong but loving) in my head telling me to push forward, don’t look back, soar, you can do it and I’m proud of you. Well, I’m proud of you and the imprint you left on us all. Love you, mean it.

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