In Memoriam Trooper Joel Davis

Superintendent George P. Beach II, Director of the New York State Police, sadly reports the death of Trooper Joel Davis.

Trooper Davis, 36, was shot and killed in an altercation with a domestic violence suspect who had shot and killed his wife and also injured another adult female that lived in the residence.

Davis arrived near the scene of the domestic violence call and parked his patrol vehicle down the street. Upon hearing gunshots, Trooper Davis obtained his patrol rifle and approached the residence from behind a row of hedges. The suspect, who was an active duty soldier, observed Davis’ movement. He shot once with his high-powered rifle striking the trooper.

When other troopers responded as back up, the suspect laid down his weapon and surrendered. The man’s wife was located deceased inside the residence. The other adult female sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound and is expected to recover.

Davis was rushed to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown where he succumbed to his gunshot wound.

Joel Davis served the New York State Police for four years and was assigned to Troop D in Watertown upon completion of his Recruit School. He was later transferred to the barracks in Philadelphia, New York where he was currently serving. He had previously served with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Davis’ brother, Joshua, is a police officer in Watertown. His wife and three children survive him.

Trooper Joel Davis is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, July 9, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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