Detective Alexander Finlayson Mavity

Detective Alexander Finlayson Mavity

Billings Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Tuesday, February 14, 1989

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Alexander Finlayson Mavity

Detective Alexander Mavity was shot and killed while attempting to recapture a prisoner who was attempting to escape custody.

The man had been arrested on a parole violation after officers responded to his home for a domestic disturbance call. The man fled as they walked into the rear of the police station.

Detective Mavity chased the subject into an alley and began to struggle with him. The man was able to gain control of Detective Mavity's service weapon during the struggle and shot him. The man was then shot and killed by Detective Mavity as they continued to struggle for the weapon.

Detective Mavity had served with the Billings Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, sister, and parents.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, escape

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Alex, today being Father's Day, I was just thinking how proud you would be of your daughter, Alexis. She was just a mere 6 months old on that terrible Valentine's Day in 1989. You cannot believe what a caring, smart, and I think, pretty close to perfect young woman she has become. I know you would be overflowing with pride that she is the beautiful gal she is. She has done so much in her life already. Gotten married, served at a mission as newlyweds, authored a book, has a daughter now, even! Before any of that, she has earned her degrees at various levels. I know thanks is owed to her mother, Joyce and the only father she knew, Rich. They did a tremendous job of parenting. I just wish you were still around to see her. Our small family has dwindled even further now, that I am the only one left. I can't believe how long you've been gone. Don't know why the ones that have the most to offer and sacrifice are taken way too soon, while those that don't have anything to sacrifice, (like me), are still living.
Your sister,


June 20, 2021

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