Officer Joel Michael Davis

Officer Joel Michael Davis

East Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, June 22, 1988

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Joel Michael Davis

Officer Joel Davis was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect with a gun at 1615 Bay Road.

Officer Davis had responded as backup to other officers on the initial call. During the foot pursuit, the suspect jumped over a fence and waited on the other side. As Officer Davis began to come over the fence he was shot in the shoulder by the subject. The man then shot him again in the head before fleeing.

The suspect, 30, was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life without parole in 1991. As of December 13, 2022, he was in prison.

Officer Davis served with the East Palo Alto Police Department as a full-time officer for six months and had previously served with the agency as a reserve officer for three years. He had also served as a reserve deputy with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his parents and sister.

A city park was renamed Joel Davis Park in his honor in August 2002.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 32

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

foot pursuit, weapons violation

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Joel, just talking about you today. Letting you and your family know you’re not forgotten.

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Palo Alto Police Department

January 4, 2024

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