Officer Robert James Davey, Jr.

Officer Robert James Davey, Jr.

Alameda Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, March 3, 1983

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Robert James Davey, Jr.

Officer Robert Davey was shot and killed while assisting members of his department conduct a drug raid on a home.

He had just finished his normal shift and was not part of the raiding team, but assisted when they asked at the last moment. He was positioned at the rear of the home. As the six members of the team entered through the front, one of the drug dealer's bodyguards jumped through a back window carrying an AR-15 that had been modified to fire fully automatic. Officer Davey ordered the man to drop his weapon but the man opened fire, striking Officer Davey in the side. Officer Davey returned fire, striking the suspect in the chest several times.

Before succumbing to his wounds, Officer Davey was able to secure the rifle so that the suspect could not fire at other officers. The suspect was taken into custody in the backyard.

Officer Davey had been a member of the Alameda Police Department for just over ten years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 76

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; M-16
  • Offender Not available

officer assistance, Raid

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Rob joined APD about 10-14 days before I did. He went to Alameda County Sheriff's academy (12 wks) and I went to UC Berkeley PD's (6 wks). For a while one of us would be starting shift and the other would be going off. But we did get together in the summer or fall of 73, working Graveyards. Shift seemed to go a little faster when Rob was on. Spring of 74 I moved to the California State Police, which has (1995) merged with California Highway Patrol. I managed to meet up with Rob a few times when we were both graveyards. I transferred to Sacramento in May 1979. March 4, 1983 comes around and I've been in Sacramento for 3-4 years. The Queen of England was visiting and I had previously asked to work the Governor's temporary residence while she was in town. When they showed up, one had to get something else, so handed me a folded California state flag and a proclamation presentation folder and said follow the Captain. Watched Gov. Deukmejian sign the proclamation . Everyone left and I stayed on post. About 2 hrs later, I was told to call home - priority non-emergency. My wife had gotten a phone call from her Mother telling her what has happened with Rob. We talked for a few minutes. After hanging up it hit me. The proclamation the Governor signed was Rob's as was the folded flag.

We've kept kept in contact with Sue and the family thru the years. MY wife and I visited a number of time. Stopped in a couple of times while in the area on CHP business.

Raymond Meyer, Sgt, ret
California Highway Patrol

April 6, 2022

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