Constable Peter Davison

Constable Peter Davison

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, June 25, 1849

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Peter Davison

Constable Peter Davison was stabbed on June 18th, 1849 by a man at Van Amburg's Circus who had been ordered to move away from the performance ring.

The man refused and another officer physically moved him back approximately 10 feet. The subject became upset and attempted to draw a large bowie knife but was tackled by the officer. As Constable Davison came to the officer's aid the man was able to stab both of them.

Constable Davison died on June 25th, 1849, at a home on Seventh Street. Constable Dalzell lingered near death for many weeks, but recovered.

The subject was put on trial for murder and found not guilty by reason of self defense.

Constable Davison was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Monday, June 18, 1849
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Acquitted


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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Constable Peter Davison of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 77 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

June 25, 2022

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