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 Arthur L. Davenport, Policeman

Arthur L. Davenport

Sunday, May 16, 1926

Davenport, Arthur L.

Rank: Policeman

Serial Number: Unknown

Division: Lincoln Heights

Location: Hollywood Blvd and Vine St.

Date Killed: Sunday, May 16, 1926

Cause of Death: Vehicular Assault


Officer Arthur Lloyd Davenport was born on November 10, 1891 in
Wilcox, Nebraska, to Charles E. Davenport and his wife Sarah Jane
Davenport. Arthur was one of six children born to the couple.
Arthur's father worked as a drayman in Oneida, Nebraska when Arthur
was a boy. By 1920, Arthur found work as a machinist before joining
his brother Thomas Davenport in Los Angeles, Ca.

Arthur Davenport was appointed to the Department on June 1, 1923.
On May 16, 1926, Officer Davenport was working patrol assigned to
the Lincoln Heights Police Station when he was involved in the
pursuit of a drunk driver. Davenport's partner, F. L. Hartzell, was
driving the police vehicle on that fateful Sunday. The other
driver, Joe Lomansney , had fled the scene of an earlier traffic
collision when he was spotted by the officers in today's Hollywood
Division. As Hartzell and Davenport attempted to initiate a traffic
stop at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street,
Lomansney rammed their vehicle causing it to overturn. Davenport
was killed instantly while Hartzell sustained serious injuries.
Lomansney then fled southbound on Vine Street in his vehicle,
before surrendering five days later. He was ultimately charged with
manslaughter. Officer Davenport's body was transported by train to
his hometown of Wilcox, Nebraska where he was laid to rest. He was
survived by his mother, Sara Jane Davenport and several

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