Patrol Officer Leroy Davis

Patrol Officer Leroy Davis

Dodge City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Saturday, May 18, 1929

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Leroy Davis

Officer Davis was shot and killed while arresting a man for starting several cars in the downtown area. The suspect fled the scene but was arrested on a farm a short time later.

The 20-year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on May 29, 1929. He was denied parole in 1949.

Officer Davis was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Leroy Davis was my grandfather, my mother's father. My mother was also a twin, her sister dying shortly after birth. Mom was 3 when her father was killed. She said her uncle Levi stopped visiting because it caused him great sorrow when Mom called him "Daddy." I would've liked to have known him. All the family photos of him were lost, but I clearly remember their image from a photograph my mother had of her father and his twin as young men. It is my understanding that his father, my Great-Grandfather, was Sheriff of Dodge City, Kansas and was known as "Dad Davis." Mom said there is a monument to him in that city. I am proud of him for his sacrifice.

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California Governors CERT Team, Grandson

January 18, 2021

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