James Davies, Lakewood police friendly fire victim: Details on funeral, two suspects' release

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Update: Funeral plans have been announced in regard to James Davies, the Lakewood Police officer killed by friendly fire during an incident on Friday. He'll be laid to rest on Thursday; get details below. In the meantime, only one of the three people taken into custody prior to the tragic incident was actually arrested -- and charges have not yet been officially filed against him.

The Lakewood Police Department's account of what happened goes like this:

Shortly before 2 a.m. this past Friday, LPD officers were in the area of 19th Avenue and Eaton Street on a prowler report when they heard shots being fired. Shortly thereafter, the cops saw a man later identified as Joe Anthony Ruiz, 37, firing a weapon from the front porch of his house, at 1940 Fenton.

At that point, Ruiz and two other males were taken into custody. Meanwhile, additional agents responded and set up a perimeter around the house prior to reentering the residence to check for additional occupants. During this time, the LPD says, Davies was shot -- and the subsequent investigation determined that he'd been struck by a bullet fired "by another Lakewood agent in a case of what would appear to be mistaken identity."

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A tribute to James Davies on the website of Colorado Christian University, where he helped keep numerous campus events safe.
The LPD release doesn't name the officer who accidentally killed Davies, but news agencies have identified him as Officer Devaney Braley. As for what led to the tragic error, the Denver Post obtained archived radio transmissions revealing that Braley, on the other side of a six-foot fence from Davies, thought the officer was an armed suspect.

"He's on the north side of the fence, Sarge," the transmission transcript reads. "You got to move people. He's north side of the fence that runs between us and the apartment building. Hispanic male. Shaved head. Black semi-auto."

Braley is said to have issued the order, "Drop your weapon." Davies did not, presumably because he thought Braley was talking to someone else. Shortly thereafter, Braley fired.

Davies was 35 at the time of his death, with two young children. He started working at the Lakewood department in April 2006 and was assigned to the Special Enforcement Team, with a focus on tracking sex offenders.

Days later, the LPD released the moniker and mug shot of Ruiz, who had a number of priors on his record, including assault-related arrests in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999. As such, he's being held on suspicion of weapon possession by a previous offender, plus tampering with physical evidence -- both class six felonies. At this writing, he has yet to be officially charged.

The funeral for Davies will get underway at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 East Hampden Avenue in Englewood. The procession following the services will leave the church and proceed westbound on Hampden to Wadsworth, then northbound to Alameda, westbound to Kipling, northbound to West 6th Avenue, westbound to Indiana Street and southbound on Indiana to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Expect a big turnout of police from throughout the metro area and the state to bid farewell to one of their own.

Look below to see a larger photo of Davies, as well as Ruiz's booking photo. That's followed by our previous coverage.

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James Davies.

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Joe Anthony Ruiz.
Continue to read our previous coverage, including photos and videos.

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jojosanchez368
jojosanchez368

Getting into the home appears to have been a challenge. One reporter mentioned comments from neighbors suggesting that illegal activities may have been taking place there -- perhaps even the manufacture of meth. Davis couldn't confirm that because officers had not yet received a search warrant to go through the entire home. Thus, he had no definitive knowledge of criminality beyond the firing of shots.......

YOU LYING ASSUMING PIECE OF SHIT ASSHOLES!!! DO YOUR FUCKING HOMEWORK. THE SO CALLED SUSPECT DOESNT EVEN SMOKE WEED!!!!

"We did receive information that there were two or three pit bulls in the house," he added. "We needed to deal with that before we went in there. That was something that was happening on top of everything else."

In regard to the shooting itself, Davis said three men were in custody when the officer was killed. He had no information about whether the fallen officer had fired his weapon before being shot, and neither has he been told that a potential suspect in the incident remains at large.

 

THE PITBULLS ARE NOT VICIOUS!! JUST LIKE ANY OTHER FAMILY PET AN UNKNOWN PARTY ENTERS THE HOME AND THREATENS THEIR OWNERS THEY WILL BARK AND POSSIBLY ATTACK!!!!

 

THE SUSPECT REMAINS AT LARGE? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME . THE SHOOTER WEARS A BADGE. SERVE AND PROTECT? WHO? THEMSELVES?? THE REPORTS ARE INDICATING JOE HAD A HAND IN KILLING OFFICER DAVIES??  DOESN'T THE WHOLE GOT DAMN POLICE FORCE HAVE A HAND IN THIS? PREVIOUS OFFENDER? ISN'T THE SHOOTER CLASSIFIED IN THE SAME CATEGORY?  HE SHOT ANOTHER OFFICER 3 YEARS AGO AS WELL AS A TEEN AGED BOY . 

 

REPORTS SAY THAT THEY WERE UNSURE WHO FIRED THE SHOTS? LOOKING FOR A SCAPEGOAT YOU MEAN. 

 

MY BROTHER IS JOE ANTHONY RUIZ. HE DOES HAVE A PAST RECORD. WHAT YOU BITCH BOYS FAIL TO REPORT IS WHAT HE DOES FOR A LIVING. WHAT KIND OF MAN HE HAS BECOME . WHAT KIND OF MAN HE IS TO HIS FAMILY ! HE PAYS HIS TAXES HIS BILLS. HE HAS MOVED FAR BEHIND THE TIME IN HIS LIFE  WHERE HE MADE MISTAKES. 

 

SHOTS FIRED.... HIS HOUSE WAS BURGLARIZED AWHILE BACK. IN THE FUCKING POLICE REPORT HE REPORTED STOLEN HANDGUNS ALL WHICH WERE FUCKING REGISTERED. COINCIDENCE OR EXCUSE THAT THE REASON WHY OFFICER DAVIES IS DEAD IS BECAUSE THEY RESPONDED TO A PROWLER CALL WHICH TURNED INTO SHOTS FIRED AT A KNOWN ADDRESS WHERE HANDGUNS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO BE.

 

GOD BLESS OFFICER DAVIES FAMILY. MY FAMILY HURTS TOO. I CANT IMAGINE WHAT THEY FEEL BUT I DO KNOW MY FAMILIES PAIN, I DO KNOW THAT MY BROTHER IS NOT CONNECTED IN THIS MANS DEATH.  HE DIDNT FIRE AT ANYBODY. ITS REALLY HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE A COP WOULD JUST BLINDSHOOT THROUGH A GOT DAMNED CHAIN LINK FENCE. IT BOTHERS ME THAT AN INVESTIGATION OF SHOTS FIRED OF A CRIME SCENE WOULD NOT B E COMPLETELY LIT UP AND NOT COMPLETELY DARK. THAT OFFICER DAVIES WOULD NOT HAVE A FLASHLIGHT WHILE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT IN THE DARK. 

 

ONLY GOD AND A FEW OTHERS REALLY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. I CANT EVEN PRAY FOR JUSTICE RIGHT NOW ESPECIALLY LOOKING AT THIS INJUSTICE IN THE FACE. 

 

MY BROTHER IS NOT A THUG. THE GOD FORSAKEN COP IS A FUCKING THUG. BACKED UP BY THE POLICE. WILL THIS FUCKING THUG GO TO PRISON FOR MANSLAUGHTER? WHO KNOWS MAYBE HE SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET RID OF SOMEONE WHETHER IT WAS OFFICER DAVIES OR MY BROTHER . SOMEBODY HAD TO GO FOR WHATEVER TWISTED REASON THIS COP HAD. 

 

DO YOU REALLY THINK A NORMAL PERSON WOULD SHOOT AT 3 PEOPLE WITHIN THREE YEARS? MY MAY HAVE GOTTEN INTO A FEW SCUFFLES BUT HES NOT A MURDERER. THE CHARGE OF BEING A PREVIOUS OFFENDER? HE WAS PROTECTING HIS SON!!! HE WAS CALLED AND TOLD HIS SONS LIFE WAS IN DANGER . JUST ABOUT ANYBODY WOULD DO ANYTHING WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR CHILDS LIFE.

 

SO FUCK YOU YOU HALF STORY TELLING ASSHOLES. FOCUS ON THE REAL FUCKING CRIMINAL!!! THE OUTRIGHT MURDERER!!! BLANTANTLY EXPOSED BUT PROTECTED NONETHELESS.

 

GOD REST YOUR SOUL OFFICER DAVIES AND THE FAMILY YOU WERE TAKEN FROM. MY HEART HURTS FOR YOUR FAMILY. OUR FAMILY SENDS OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES

 

 

officerkillsalot
officerkillsalot

dead cops, dead cops. whatchya gonna do? the mafia in blue hunting for queers, nigger and YOU!

 

I don't care if we fill the jails arrest anyone anyone you can we will make them see their injustice and it will hurt as all fighting hurts but we cannot lose we cannot they may torture my body break my bones and even kill me and they will have my dead body not my obedience I don't care if we fill the jails fill the jails ever take a solid oath that congress makes we will not submit to this law we we we will not submit FUCK YOU[Stza] So you wanna be a cop? so you wanna be on the top arrestin and shootin' all the kids on the block incarcerate the youth of the next generation and you get the high fives at the police station [Ezra] so you wanna wear blue and prey on the people go above the constitution where all men are equal beat down the poor and the working class core your a class trading motherfuckin' rich mans whore [Stza] 'cuz it's a thin blue line between the love and the hate if you so choose to cross it you're a nazi for the state your injustice will crush us, the precious the few so you wanna be a killer for the red white and blue [Ezra] you're a bitch to the crown keep your own people down you've got nothing to protect but you're keeping the sect for your own damn brothers you got no respect and the killing won't stop when you become a cop * the worlds getting madder and it ain't gonna stop it's an uphill battle all the way until we reach the top you got an answer in your holster and no question to kill you got a vision for society and it's your will [Stza / Ezra] even the summer sun can't make this situation light you've got the upper hand in a war when you take away our arms and our means to fight [Stza] so you wanna be a cop? you never stop with your wicked guns going pop after 41 shots your grinning in the donut shop your sickening behavior regulates this society and musters all the sickness and hatred inside of me [Ezra] so you wanna wear blue? well you're just the type got an chip on your shoulder and an itch for a gripe standing on a raft in an ocean of blood but you're doing the killing and you're causing the flood [Stza] how can we tolerate this mad abuse of power? you think a cop is never psycho till he stabs you in the shower Choking V Morning G L.O.C. we never stop and your death'll be sweet if ya wanna be a cop [Ezra] they say the sea is green and the sky is blue and that's about right because we're below you you cop an extra attitude when you come down my block so you wanna be a cop? * the worlds getting madder and it ain't gonna stop it's an uphill battle all the way until we reach the top you got an answer in your holster and no question to kill you got a vision for society and it's your will [Stza] even the summer sun can't make this situation light you've got the upper hand in a war when you take away our arms and our means to fight

 

FUCK YOU LAW DAWG!

Monkey
Monkey

Am I reading this right? A cop shot another cop through a fence after saying "drop your weapon"? If that cop isn't fired, he will never have the respect of any fellow officers and should just quit. No matter what the circumstance, If I shot a cop through a fence, no one would be talking about a mistake, they would charge me with murdering a police officer. Even if they fired first and I was defending myself from what I thought was police impersonators, I would be in jail or dead. If you can't confirm that the person you're shooting is wearing a police uniform or not, you shouldn't be shooting them. The only cops that shoot straight are ones that like shooting and practice outside the force, and those cops are actually competent. Most cops only go to the range when they're told to, like part of the job, and these people actually laugh when they miss their target, instead of realizing their current gun control skills will kill innocent people instead of their target. When people say cops should be the only ones with guns, and citizens should trust the police to protect them, are crazy. Cops can shoot you because they are scared and confused, but if you shoot them because you're scared and confused, you better kill them all, and claim all you saw was armed men in dark clothes yelling at you. 

stevebeast
stevebeast

sometimes being a trigger happy goon comes back to bite your freind in the face.

Faycless
Faycless

Whats wrong with you people? You're celebrating the fact that a cop was killed? Seriously? I am so sorry this happened...Condolences to his family.... 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

" HIP , HIP , HOORAY !!! "

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It's about time KARMA reaches those wearing a badge !

Of course I shed a tear . Many in fact . I can't begin to stop laughing each time I replay the news report !!! I recently purchased a 3D television . WOW !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

" AWESOME ! "

" TOTALLY AWESOME !!! "

jmm001
jmm001

"Standard police gang supporter"

 

Famous words of every criminal who wants to blame the police for arresting them. I guarantee all these people on here celebrating this man's death have criminal records. I'm actually not a police officer, but a personal friend of the officer who was shot. It's true that there are bad people in every profession, but only a small-minded, bigoted moron would broad brush an entire group for the actions of a few. I agree that the shooter should lose his job and face charges and never defended him. My problem is with people celebrating a man's death, which makes them no better than the "police gangs" they trash on here. BTW, what do the actions of a bad NYPD cop have to do with this story? I guarantee there are also scumbags in the same profession as yours (if you actually work) with whom you would not want to be associated.

WhoCares
WhoCares

"It's too bad that he was shot and that none of you were."

 

Lol, standard police gang supporter. Of course you wish unarmed law abiding citizens are shot.  This case just proves how far gone cops are. How about sympathy for all the people cops torture and kill? I think it is hilarious what happened here. Police are afraid of their own shadow, they can't handle firearms and are the biggest out of control criminal gang out there. I have never met an honest police officer in my life. Not once. Here is your typical cop:

 

New York police officer charged with plan to cook, eat women

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/25/us-usa-crime-nypd-idUSBRE89O16A20121025

 

There is nothing tragic at all about this incident. This is just your typical trigger happy cop afraid of his own shadow. He should be brought up on manslaughter charges but that won't happen. He should lose his job but that won't happen. Just another violent cop shooting someone. Typical day at the office for your average police gang member.

jmm001
jmm001

What kind of people are you to make fun of such a tragic incident? I knew this officer personally and he was a kind, humble person of the utmost integrity with a wife and two young children, who now have to grow up without a father.  You people making such offensive comments on here are absolute worthless scum. It's too bad that he was shot and that none of you were.

WhoCares
WhoCares

ROFL These cops prove all our points. Like I have been saying the worst gang in the USA are police gangs.  Typical "friendly" cop. No sympathy at all. Cops should not even carry guns these days. Let the non gang members carry guns. Police can't handle having firearms. What a bunch of violent dorks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Trigger-happy cops ... usually kill innocent civilians ... occasionally Karma comes home to roost.

Mario Martinez
Mario Martinez

Will charges be filed? Not likely. That was a fire that wasn't so friendly now wasn't it.

WhoCares
WhoCares

 @jmm001 Let me tell something about the posters here sharing their beliefs about cops. Many of the posters disagree with me on every other issue but this one. The difference is they are not violent, they do not want to kill me or beat me up. They think I am misguided in many areas but that is it. Some posters flat out hate my guts yet we still agree police are corrupt and violent in general.

 

You are a cop lover. As soon as you read a different view you posted that you hoped the people you hate would be violently killed. See the difference? Cops and cop lovers are the most sadistic and violent group out there.

 

"It's too bad that he was shot and that none of you were."

 

The above are your words and not mine.

 

You should note that DonkeyHotay hates my guts but he would probably be the first to lend a helping hand if he saw me being abused. That is the difference between a cop lover like you and a non-violent citizen who cares about good people (especially the vulnerable)  like DonkeyHotay does.

 

The commentators here for the most part have seen nothing but police abuse and we are numb. The police have failed to earn our respect. To upstanding citizens respect is earned and not freely given.

 

I literally have no feelings for anyone involved in this manslaughter. I have seen too many corrupt police officers to care anymore.

WhoCares
WhoCares

 @jmm001 I don't have any police record. I do having speeding tickets that I paid. 

 

I used to roll with the Guardian Angles. Back in the day the police were helpful. Today the police are worse then any gang I when I was with the Angels. I have seen the police target the emotionally vulnerable and disabled so many times it's ridiculous. I have seen the majority of police get sadistic pleasure in beating people up or killing them especially when they are unarmed. I have never seen the police write an accurate police report. When I have taken people to court I have never witnessed the police tell the truth. Not once.

 

Police today lie more then any street gang I have seen. The police in general are more violent then any gang I have seen.  The Aryans, Italians, and Russians leave me alone. Same with the Crips, Bloods and Hell's Angels. They know who I am. They all could beat me up and worse if they wanted to but they leave me alone. Why? Because I have earned their respect. Police have not done anything to earn their respect. They just collect a phat tax payer paycheck and beat people up or kill them just because they can from what I have seen. They especially like to go after unarmed citizens or in this case harmless shadows. The corruption among police is at epidemic levels.

 

Here is a link to weekly police gang crimes: http://www.policemisconduct.net/ In general the police are the number one goon squad in the USA. I would never associate with a police officer or allow any family around them.

 

I work 14 hours a day 6 days a week. I do not ask for help from the police anymore. Why would I ask the number one violent and sadistic gang in the USA to try and help? Police have proven to me over and over again they are the most dangerous and criminal gang on earth.  They only protect themselves and their police gang buddies.

 

I do not feel for either officer and I think the whole thing is funny. This is after I have watched sadistic police beat civil rights activists to a pulp and police laugh about it for 20 years now. The police have made me numb by their violent criminal actions not mine. There are many people that feel the same way I do you are just shocked that some people actually post how they really feel even though it is not politically correct. 

 

I feel for all the victims of sadistic police gangs who have been brutalized or killed by sadistic police officers. As far as women marrying scumbag bad boy cops you all deserve what you get. You get zero sympathy from me.

 

Karma finally came through on this one.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @WhoCares  

 

If a citizen had "accidentally" shot and killed a cop, would they get a free pass from criminal prosecution?

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @WhoCares  "You should note that DonkeyHotay hates my guts but he would probably be the first to lend a helping hand if he saw me being abused."

 

Well ... perhaps after enjoying the show for a minute ....

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jmm001
jmm001

You most know every police officer in America personally to make such an outlandish statement. I live in one of the most violent cities in this country and I have seen my fair share of useless cops but have personally seen many more who were dedicated to their jobs while being underpaid and their departments undermanned. The Guardian Angels you speak of have their own reputation for corruption.

 

http://www.therightperspective.org/2010/06/26/guardian-angels-exposed-by-30-year-member/

 

The reason I made the comments I made was because you personally attacked a man based on the actions of people in other areas who he probably never even met, but happened to do the same thing for a living. I have absolutely no sympathy for most of these so-called victims of the police because they put themselves in these situations by either committing crimes or associating with criminals. Thugs deserve whatever happens to them. Would you suggest abolishing police in general and letting everyone do what they want? Offer a better solution instead of spewing misguided nonsense.

 

Your talk about being a non-violent person while taking pleasure in another man's death makes you the ultimate hypocrite. You didn't know this officer personally. I did. You don't know that he was a man of the utmost honor, integrity, and devotion to his family. I know these things for a fact. He was a more honorable person than you will ever be. I'm finished wasting my time on these message boards arguing with thug-lovers.

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