Trooper Layton T. Davis

Trooper Layton T. Davis

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, March 18, 1976

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Layton T. Davis

Trooper Layton Davis was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on I-57 near Effingham.

Unbeknownst to him, the vehicle contained two escaped convicts. During the stop, one of the escapees slipped a .357 caliber revolver into his waistband. As Trooper Davis frisked him, he spotted the revolver, and a struggle ensued. The second man ran up and held Trooper Davis down as the other man shot him. Both escapees were apprehended and sentenced to 100+ years in prison. In 2020, the accomplice was released on parole. In 2022, the gunman was released on medical parole.

Trooper Davis was a United States WWII veteran and had served with the Illinois State Police for 19 years, assigned to District 12. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 100+ years

convicted felon, escapee, traffic stop

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I was a young child and my brothers knew the family. I was very sad and when I read about Dispatcher Archie Varnem was the one that caught Chicago's slip up, a lot of old memories came back to me. I am so sad that they paroled on of his killers this week.

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