Officer Franklin Augustus Davis, Sr.

Officer Franklin Augustus Davis, Sr.

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, July 13, 1943

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Franklin Augustus Davis, Sr.

Officer Frank Davis and Officer Robert Dunn were shot and killed after responding to a burglary call at 7501 Granby Street at approximately 5:00 am.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they were immediately fired upon as they exited their patrol cars. Both officers returned fire, emptying their revolvers, before being fatally wounded.

The 19-year-old suspect was arrested later in the day by two Navy Shore Patrolmen and a Norfolk police officer. He was convicted of two counts of murder and received two life sentences. He was paroled in 1963.

Officer Davis had served with the Norfolk Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, three sisters, and two brothers.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1963

ambush, robbery in progress

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Rest in peace Officer Davis. My dad Owen may he and my mother rest in peace served in New York City for thirty-eight faithful years.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 13, 2021

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