Trooper Joel R. Davis

Trooper Joel R. Davis

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Joel R. Davis

Trooper Joel Davis was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance, and shots fired call at 34371 Route 46 in Theresa.

The male subject had murdered his wife. Another woman who had been shot in the back was hiding with two children and was ordered out of the shed to drag his wife's body to the backyard. While she was doing this, she heard additional gunshots. Trooper Davis had arrived at the scene and was immediately shot. He was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject, an active-duty Army member, surrendered as additional units arrived at the home. He was found guilty of 52 counts, including first-degree murder and second-degree murder, and was sentenced to life without parole.

Trooper Davis had served with the New York State Police for four years and had previously served with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for ten years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 3814

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Life without parole

domestic, shots fired call

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Jefferson Co. NY bridge named for fallen NY State Trooper

Posted by WWTI NEWS, Nov. 4th, 2023

PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. (WWTI) – A bridge in the Town of Philadelphia now bears the name of a fallen New York State Trooper.

The Joel R. Davis Memorial Bridge was unveiled in a ceremony held on Thursday, November 2. Members from the New York State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Park Police, Village of Philadelphia Police Department, and the city of Watertown Police Department, along with elected officials and Davis’s family members, attended the ceremony to honor Davis, who was shot and killed in 2017 while responding to a domestic incident in Theresa. The more than $4 million project replaced the bridge on US Route 11 built in the 1950s.

“Law enforcement is a family with a common shared goal to make the world a better place, and Joel Davis was just that type of person. Joel always focused on the extraordinary. On being an extraordinary trooper, on always doing more than what was expected of him at every turn.”

State Police Assistant Deputy Superintendent Lt. Col. Darren Pitkin

Retired Police Officer

November 5, 2023

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