Chief of Police Thadeus E. Davis

Chief of Police Thadeus E. Davis

Smithfield Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, May 16, 1902

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Thadeus E. Davis

Chief of Police Thadeus E. Davis succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound sustained earlier when his gun fell from his pocket and discharged; the round striking him in the hip.

He had just arrested a man wanted for murder in Isle of Wight County and was walking him to the jail when the accident occurred.

He was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital in Norfolk, where he succumbed to the wound two days later.

Chief Davis was a member of the Smithfield military company. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 14, 1902

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Chief Davis,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Smithfield. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 16, 2022

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