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 waist band. 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.

Trooper Davis had served with the Illinois State police for 19 years and was assigned to District 12. Trooper Davis was a WWII veteran and 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

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The Illinois State Police lives forever, and since you were an Illinois State Trooper YOU will live forever. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice and service.

Trooper A.M. Unal
Illinois State Police

April 19, 2020

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