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 Davis was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect with a gun. He had responded as backup to other officers on the initial call. During the 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 suspect. The man then shot him again in the head before fleeing. The suspect was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life.

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 3 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.

In August 2002, a new park was dedicated in his name.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 32

Incident Details

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

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