Police Officer Nicholas Norman Davis

Police Officer Nicholas Norman Davis

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, December 18, 1984

Nicholas Norman Davis

Officer Nicholas Davis was shot and killed with his own service weapon after confronting a suspect who had just left a restaurant without paying the $3.55 bill.

Officer Davis had recently switched from third to first shift and was about to start his shift when he finished his breakfast at the restaurant, and was told of the offense by the manager. Officer Davis caught up with the suspect who was on foot and confronted him, while still seated in his patrol car. Officer Davis ordered the suspect to stop walking while speaking to him through the open driver's side window. The suspect then turned away from Officer Davis and began to walk in the reverse direction. Officer Davis placed his vehicle in reverse and continued to follow and talk to the suspect while calling for backup on his radio.

In a fit of rage, the suspect pulled Officer Davis out of his patrol car and succeeded in taking his gun away. As Officer Davis remained on his knees the suspect shot him once in the chest, and then once in the back as Officer Davis attempted to take cover behind a nearby building. The suspect then walked away with Officer Davis' gun but was apprehended a short time later.

The subject was sentenced to 27 years in prison but was instead committed to a mental hospital. He was released from the mental hospital in April 2011 after the hospital's budget was cut.

Officer Davis had served with the Seattle Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 23

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Released in 2011

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Nick tomorrow it will be 33 years since you gave the ultimate sacrifice for your community. I will never forget the time we worked together you as Edward 2 and me as Edward 3. You always made me laugh and I learned so much from you as a rookie on the squad. I loved the special time with your uncle, coffee at his condo in our district. Sadly your funeral was my first for a police officer, and not the last. You will forever be apart of my memories of the best of Seattle PD.

Sergeant Joy A. Mundy
Seattle Police Department

December 17, 2017

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