Sergeant Richard Davenport Jr., #2280

Name: Davenport Jr, Richard
Star: 2280
Memorial Panel #: 1
Rank: Sergeant
District / Unit: 009
End of Watch: 04 August 1986
Incident Details: Sergeant Richard Davenport, Jr., 54, was a 26-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 9th District. On August 4, 1986, Sergeant Davenport, while off duty, was alerted to an attempted auto theft in his neighborhood. He responded, identified himself as a police officer and began to question five youths. As Davenport spoke to the group, one of them, Dwayne Thomas, pulled a gun and shot the sergeant three times. Davenport was rushed to South Chicago Hospital where he died from his injuries. Andrew Thomas was acquitted of Sergeant Davenport’s murder. Sergeant Davenport’s funeral service was held at Cosmopolitan Community Church and he was laid to rest at Oak Woods Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Richard III; and brothers, Artie and Ray.