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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Hi grandpa, you don't know me and I never got the chance to know you seeing as you were taken from this earth too soon for us to meet. Your son Jeff is my dad and he always said we would've gotten along great and I think we would've too. I'm actually 18 now and going to college to hopefully work within the FBI, so I'm kind of following in your footsteps! I actually got to talk a little bit about your story in a lecture today which brought me here, writing this. It'll be 36 years soon and there isn't a day that the Davis family doesn't think about you. Rest well.

Sydney Davis

October 6, 2020

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