Trooper Bill Davidson

Trooper Bill Davidson

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 12, 1992

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Bill Davidson

Trooper Bill Davidson succumbed to gunshot wounds received the previous day after stopping a stolen car in Edna, Texas.

The suspect shot Trooper Davidson in the neck with a 9 mm handgun when he approached the car. The suspect fled the scene of the shooting but was arrested within a couple of hours with the murder weapon in his possession. The suspect confessed to killing the trooper and repeated his confession to a grand jury.

During his trial, the suspect claimed he shot Trooper Davidson because the rap music he was listening to, forced him to do so. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was executed on October 6, 2005.

Trooper Davidson had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for over 20 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 11, 1992
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Executed in 2005

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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My only interaction with Bill Davidson was when I was on a ride-a-long with my brother, another Texas highway patrolman stationed in Victoria. I was in college studying Business and never thought about law enforcement as a career.

Bill called for backup. He was following four armed suspects who’d pistol-whipped and robbed a clerk at an Edna convenience store and was now trailing them south on 59 towards Victoria.

We caught up with Bill coming from the opposite direction and lined up to one side of him so that he could initiate a felony car stop. When all four suspects were prone on the highway, Bill handed me his shotgun and asked me to cover down on the suspects while he and my brother secured them.

What I remembered most about Bill was his large stature and friendly personality. I was heartbroken when my brother told me if his death.

RIP Bill. You will never be forgotten.

Special Agent Roland Ballesteros (ret)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

June 12, 2022

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