Police Officer William W. Davis

Police Officer William W. Davis

Kennett Square Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, November 15, 1972

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William W. Davis

Officers Richard Posey and William Davis were shot and killed after being ambushed in the police department's parking lot.

Both officers were shot in the back. A 28 year-old man was arrested at his home the next day and charged with their murders. The victim officers had charged him with driving with a revoked license two months earlier.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms on March 25, 1974.

Officer Davis had served with the Kennett Square Police Department for two years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .308 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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To Officer Davis and his family, on this 48th anniversary of your untimely departure, please know yours and Officer Posey’s service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

To your nephew Jared from the Coatesville Department, stay positive during these difficult anti police times but most importantly stay safe. Be well.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 15, 2020

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