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 was changing to a new bike bag today, and I had to remove your button with your picture and name with the words "We Remember." Your button has been on my bike bag since I returned from your services. I keep it there as a reminder to me this profession is not safe no matter where you work. I will place your button on my new bike bag and display it proudly.

I display it proudly so when people inquire I can tell your story. Hard to believe it has been 14 years. I have not forgotten you.

God Bless you; still, Brother and may your continued rest remain peaceful.

Lt. Andre Bridges
Notre Dame Police Department

October 3, 2018

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