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Davis, Officer Nicholas N.
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Tuesday, December 18, 1984
Officer Nicholas Davis was shot and killed after confronting a suspect who had just left a restaurant without paying. Davis had recently switched from third to first shift and was about to start his shift when he finished his breakfast at the restaurant, and was told of the offense by the manager. Davis caught up with the suspect and confronted him, while still seated in his patrol car. Davis ordered the suspect to stop walking while speaking to him through the open driver’s side window. The suspect then turned away from Davis and began to walk in the reverse direction. Davis placed his vehicle in reverse and continued to follow and talk to the suspect while calling for backup on his radio. In a fit of rage, the suspect pulled Davis out of his patrol car and succeeded in taking his gun away. As Davis re¬mained on his knees the suspect shot him once in the chest, and then once in the back as Davis attempted to take cover behind a nearby building. The suspect then walked away with Davis’ gun but was apprehended a short time later. The subject was sentenced to 27 years in prison but was instead committed to a mental hospital. He was released from the mental hospital in April 2011 after the hospital’s budget was cut. Officer Davis had served with the Seattle Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.