Patrolman Ronald Hoytt Davis

Patrolman Ronald Hoytt Davis

Belmont Abbey College Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, May 20, 1993

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Ronald Hoytt Davis

Officer Davis died after suffering a heart attack while struggling with a suspect during an arrest attempt. Officer Davis had observed a former student on the property of the school after being forbidden to be there. He approached the suspect for the second time in that day and attempted to arrest him for trespassing.

The suspect, who was intoxicated, began to struggle with Officer Davis and put him in a headlock, which he held until Officer Davis collapsed. The suspect then began CPR on him until another student arrived and began CPR as well, at which time the suspect fled the scene. The suspect was never charged in his death because the family would not consent to an autopsy.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender No charges filed

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It is always sad to learn of a Brother Officer's death, but it so absolutely horrible to learn that the Officer died on the Holy Ground of a blessed Catholic college so familiar to some of us. This was a place that offered peace, contemplation and prayer for all and now we learn that it has not only been defiled but the life of a Police Officer has been forfeited. We can be confident that our Lord took his servant to be with Him in paradise. May God rest your soul, Officer, and grant unto you eternal life in the presence of our Lord. May our Lord grant peace to your family and may only the good memories remain.

Jerry W. Leonard Special Agent-in-Charge (Retired)
Department of Defense/DA ODCS-I

January 1, 2021

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