Hundreds Mourn San Antonio Officer


A San Antonio Police officer who died following injuries he suffered when he was struck by another patrol vehicle was remembered at a Wednesday evening rosary as a man who lived to serve his community.

"He was one of the fine officers I know in that department," said SAPD Chaplain James Carey. "I'm grateful to have the opportunity to know him."

Hundreds of friends, relatives and fellow SAPD bretheren gathered at Porter Loring Funeral Home to remember 26-year-old Robert Davis, who died Monday evening after being removed from life support earlier in the day.

"Probably the only good thing you can bring from an officer's death," SAPD Chief Bill McManus said. "It brings everyone together."

Davis, a former volunteer firefighter and United States Marine, is survived by his wife.

An officer in the department for a little over a year, Davis was clearing road flares from an accident scene Friday evening at the intersection of Potranco Road and Hunt Lane on the city's northwest side, when he was struck by fellow Officer David Seaton's vehicle after it struck another vehicle while responding to a shoplifting call at a nearby shopping center.

According to incident reports, Seaton was speeding as he struck another vehicle along Potranco Road, sending the officer's vehicle into Davis. Seaton may have been in violation of department speeding policies, according to incident reports. Since the wreck, McManus has said the policies would be altered, but has not stated whether Seaton would face charges in connection with the crash.

Seaton and Davis both worked out of the department's west substation and have been described as close friends by fellow officers. Seaton remains at Wilford Hall Medical Center as he recovers.

A civilian injured in the wreck, 20-year-old Darrell Lampkin, suffered serious injuries and is recovering at University Hospital.

Davis' funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Thursday morning, at Bandera Road Community Church. He will be laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established by the SAPD to support Davis' family. Anybody wishing to donate is asked to contact Generations Federal Credit Union at 210-229-1128. The account number for the fund is 1132320. Donations can also be mailed to the credit union at Officer Davis Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 830968, San Antonio, TX, 78283-0968.

Click here for a list of the affected street and ramp closures as part of Davis' funeral procession.