Police Officer Nicholas Norman Davis

Police Officer Nicholas Norman Davis

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, December 18, 1984

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Nicholas Norman Davis

Police 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 opposite 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 stood back up from the ground the suspect shot him once in the chest, and then once in the back as he 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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Have never forgotten you Nick. You always made me laugh and we had some great coffee moments with your sweet uncle. I missed you when you decided to go to first watch...you were Edward 2 to my Edward 3, so often my backup and watching my six or me yours. I learned so much from you being that I was still a bit of a rookie. You loved your boys dearly and Stacy was the love and light of your life.. You lost your life protecting a young man, and sadly I know you would have paid the bill to help out the young man who took your life. Because that is who you were. I remember the morning my radio came on to wake me and the announcement was you had been shot and killed, and then laying there sobbing in disbelief. I had hoped to never attend an officers funeral, and to have to be apart of planning yours as one of the Seattle Guild Board Members was so tough. No I have never forgotten you and the day we had to say goodbye to one of the best cops I got to work with in my career. Love you my Brother In Blue. I do know where you are, one of God’s Peace Officers who is gone but never never forgotten.

Retired Sergeant Joy A. Mundy
Seattle Police Department// Edward Sector Squad Member

December 15, 2018

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