Police Officer John R. Davis, Sr.

Police Officer John R. Davis, Sr.

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, August 6, 1982

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John R. Davis, Sr.

Officer Davis and Officer Ignacio Conchos were shot when they entered a bar to search for a bank robbery suspect. Officer Conchos died at the scene and Officer Davis, who was able to fir eback and hit the suspect, died one month later from his wounds.

The suspect, an illegal alien, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Davis had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 1841

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 1, 1982
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Sentenced to life

bank robbery, suspicious person

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I worked Southside 3rd shift and my squad would have “Roll Call” at that bar on Wednesday mornings when we got off of shift. I learned the story of their sacrifice as a rookie and we always paid homage to their courage. The bar had their portraits hung in honor!.... Here’s to us and those like us, damn few left!

Det. Chris Jensen
PPD retired

August 6, 2019

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