Police Officer Harry Lee Davis

Police Officer Harry Lee Davis

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, April 6, 1970

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Harry Lee Davis

Police Officer Harry Davis succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one month earlier when he and his partner responded to a holdup alarm at a local bar at the corner of 23rd Street and Christian Street.

Upon arrival Officer Davis went to the front of the bar as his partner went around back. As Officer Davis entered the bar, he confronted the suspect, who shot him once in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver. After hearing the shot, the other officer ran to the front of the bar, where he saw Officer Davis collapse. He chased the suspect for two blocks and exchanged shots with him before arresting him inside an apartment.

The 43-year-old suspect was out of jail and under a bond for burglary. He was charged with murder after Officer Davis succumbed to his wound. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. He received an additional 10 to 20 years for burglary in 1977. As of August 13, 1991, he was still in prison.

Officer Davis was a United States Army and Air Force Korean War veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 6848
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 8, 1970
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

alarm, robbery in progress

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On this anniversary of your heroic and untimely death we say thank you while reminding you and your loved ones that your law enforcement family will never forget you. God Speed.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 6, 2024

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