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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I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I got a call from my Uncle Sid to say my Uncle Bill had been involved in a shooting in the line of duty. I was on my first tour in the US Navy, stationed aboard the USS Dale in Mayport, FL. It was very surreal, as Uncle had always been bigger than life to me, a Texas State Trooper with a career and a great example to strive toward as a young man. I remember his integrity, strength of character, and dedication to his job; and most of all, the coolest Uncle that when the family got together for summer fishing trips, always had the newest, most innovative weapon, and always stressed to us firearm safety, and responsibility even as he was showing off his new acquisition. He was a great man, and I miss him to this day.
R.I.P. Uncle Bill!

Heath Cosper

March 23, 2022

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