Chief of Police Joseph Wilson Davis

Chief of Police Joseph Wilson Davis

Ansted Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, February 27, 1934

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Joseph Wilson Davis

Chief Davis was shot and killed by the brother of a man who Chief Davis had shot and killed months earlier. Chief Davis was in a grocery store when the suspect shot him in the back.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced on May 14, 1934, to 18 years in prison. He was paroled July 8, 1939.

Chief Davis had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and 11 children.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1939

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Chief Davis,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ansted.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 27, 2024

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