Police Officer
James L. Davis Jr.
Butler University Police Department
Friday, September 24, 2004

Age: 31
Served: 2 years
Badge #: Butler 17
Military Service: U.S. Army
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, September 24, 2004
10:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
510 West 49th Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Marion
Incident Township:
Washington
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Info:
Shot and killed
Burial Location:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Officer James Davis was shot and killed while investigating reports of a suspicious person outside of Hinkle Fieldhouse on the university campus.

   The suspect was reported to police after being observed watching the womens' basketball team practice for an extended period of time. Officer Davis had just radioed dispatchers to check the suspect's identification when he was attacked by the suspect and shot with his own service weapon.

   The suspect then stole Officer Davis' service weapon as he fled the scene. The suspect was shot and killed several hours later after being located by two Marion County Sheriff's Department deputies in an off-campus neighborhood. The suspect opened fire on the two deputies with Officer Davis' stolen service weapon and was killed when the deputies returned fire.

   Officer Davis had served as a military policeman. He was survived by his wife, three children and sister.