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
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 16, 2018

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