Deputy Constable George A. Davidson

Deputy Constable George A. Davidson

Delaware City Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Friday, May 7, 1852

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George A. Davidson

Deputy Constable George Davidson succumbed to a stab wound sustained the previous day while transporting a prisoner to the jail in New Castle.

When the wagon was about three miles from the jail the prisoner, whose hands had been bound, was able to free his hands from the rope and stabbed Deputy Constable Davidson in the shoulder with a dirk. He then stabbed him a second time in the arm, severing an artery.

Deputy Constable Davidson was able to chase the man a short distance before collapsing. A passerby found him and took him to a nearby house where he died the following morning.

The subject was arrested, charged with Deputy Constable Davidson's murder, and convicted. He was subsequently executed by hanging in September 1852.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 6, 1852
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Dirk
  • Offender Executed in 1852

escape attempt, transport

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On this actual anniversary of your untimely and heroic death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 7, 2021

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