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Posted on: July 24, 2017

07-24-2017 Officer Involved Shooting

At 5:35 p.m. yesterday afternoon, Danville Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence located in the 100 block of Lawson Street on a 911 call from a female who reported that she was talking to her husband on the phone and he was armed and threatening to kill himself.  The husband was identified as Keith Elson Davis, 36 years old, of the residence.  Officers responded to the scene and began to take steps to locate Davis since he refused to tell the female his location. This included attempting to locate Davis’s cellular phone and checking locations he was known to visit, including Caswell County, North Carolina.  Deputies with Caswell County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in attempting to locate Davis.   Davis could not be found.

Later at 9:22 p.m., officers were dispatched back to the residence on Lawson Street on a 911 call from the same female who reported that her husband was on the porch of the residence with a gun and had threatened her.  While officers were en route to the scene, the situation at the residence intensified with the female reporting that Davis was breaking the door to get in, making entry into the residence and then chasing the female caller from the house.  At the time of this incident, Davis’s 12-year-old son was also with female caller.

Officers arrived in the area and located the caller and the child who had fled the residence.  When officers confronted Davis at the residence, he brandished a handgun. The officers backed off and called for assistance to include SWAT and crisis intervention negotiators.  During this time, Davis made his way onto the roof of the residence, armed with a handgun. Over the course of following three and a half hours, the negotiators attempted to de-escalate his emotions and convince him to surrender.  During these negotiations Davis threatened suicide, placed the gun in his mouth and made statements that he would force the police to shoot him.

At 12:55 a.m. Davis unexpectedly jumped from the main roof to a lower level roof on the residence.  A Taser was deployed without success and Davis crawled through a window into the residence.  SWAT simultaneously made entry into the residence and confronted Davis, who had a gun in his hand.  A second Taser was deployed without success and when Davis made threatening moves with the gun, a SWAT officer fired his department handgun multiple times at Davis.  Davis was transported by the Danville Life Saving Crew, who were on standby at the scene, to Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment.  He was subsequently transferred to Carilion Hospital in Roanoke for further treatment and is reported to be in stable condition.  Per the policy of the Danville Police Department, the name of the officer will be released in three days.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Danville Crime Stoppers at (434) 793-0000, or via our crime tips line on your computer at crimetips@danvilleva.gov. Information given will remain confidential. Citizens who contact Crime Stoppers by telephone may be eligible for a cash reward of up to
$1,000.00. Looking for a past press release? You can view them online at: http://www.danville-va.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=5

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