Patrolman David C. Douglass, Sr.

Patrolman David C. Douglass, Sr.

Lower Township Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, February 18, 1994

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David C. Douglass, Sr.

Patrolman David Douglass was shot and killed while responding to a report of a burglar in the area of Sunnyside Avenue and Fieldview Avenue.

Patrolman Douglass involved in a foot pursuit of the suspect, who had just set a house on fire, when the man turned and shot him. Patrolman Douglass returned fire, striking the suspect in the hand. He was able to make it back to his patrol car to call for assistance but succumbed to his wounds.

The 49-year-old suspect who shot him was arrested two days later at his home in New York City. He plead guilty to murder and was sentenced to life. He will be eligible for parole on March 30, 2024.

Patrolman Douglass had served with the Lower Township Police Department for 18 years, as well as serving as a Lieutenant on the Town Bank Fire Department. He helped create the Lower Township SWAT team, he was an instructor at the Cape May County Police Academy and a past president of the Policeman's Benevolent Association. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and step-daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 134

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arson, burglary, foot pursuit

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Patrolman Douglas,

I remember skating at the convention center and that you were always kind and caring. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and every year they still hold a run in your honor. I have lost touch with your family and I hope they know we still remember. Rest In Peace.

Assistant Counsel J. Herman
Pennsylvania State Police

January 29, 2022

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