Trooper Layton T. Davis

Trooper Layton T. Davis

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, March 18, 1976

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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I've always seen the memorial signs so today I wanted to look his name up. He sounded like a wonderful, caring officer and human being. I'm so sorry for his loss.

Sheila Littleton
Illinois resident

June 3, 2018

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