By Dave Wilma, May 23, 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3808
On February 23, 1911, burglary suspect John Ford murders Officer Judson P. Davis (1878-1911) on Capitol Hill. Ford will die two days later of wounds received from Davis's partner.
Officer Davis and his partner and roommate Officer Herbert C. Smith were working on foot in plain clothes on Denny Way near Boylston Avenue. They were looking for suspects who had committed armed robberies in the neighborhood. They spotted John Ford and Axel Nist and approached them. Ford and Nist opened fire on the officers with pistols. Davis and Smith were both hit, as was Ford. Nist fled on foot and Smith gave chase. Davis and Ford fell to the ground and continued to fire at each other in a "grim, gutter level duel" (Brasfield, 21). Davis died at the scene.
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