LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – There’s been an outpouring of support for fallen Lakewood police officer Jim Davies, who died after being shot by a fellow officer last week.
It will be difficult week for the family of Officer Davies, but also for his extended family — the Lakewood Police Department.
Expressions of support have been coming in from citizens and from all over the nation. On Tuesday, there will be one more with the arrival of the U.S. Honor Flag.
The U.S. Honor Flag will arrive under armed guard and with great reverence for Davies. It’s the flag that flew at the World Trade Center following Sept. 11.
“There are condolences from Don Aaron, the public information officer for the Nashville Police Department in Tennessee,” Lakewood police spokesperson Steve Davis said.
Since Friday, the Lakewood police have received hundreds of condolence emails from all over the nation and beyond.
“England, Canada, New Zealand,” Davis said.
Davis said the officer who shot Davies, Devaney Braley, has been inconsolable. Police say Braley thought Davies was a suspect with a gun hidden behind a fence. It’s a sad fact that’s not lost by police reacting from afar.
“This situation has to be the most tragic that you can imagine,” Davis said.
Citizens have been offering support as well, with flowers and food.
“It was very touching to see the outpouring of love and appreciation from the public,” Davis said.
One man even walked into the department lobby with a $10,000 check to help the officer’s wife and two young children.
“He made me promise that it will stay anonymous, and I will do just that.”
Outside police headquarters a flag flies at half-staff as the department and city prepares for a funeral.
“As far as the Lakewood Police Department, these are uncharted waters that we are going through right now.”
It will be Lakewood’s first police funeral. It will take place on Thursday morning and start at 10 a.m. at the Denver First Church of the Nazarene on East Hampden Avenue in Englewood.
The Lakewood Police Department has set up an account to help the family of Officer James Davies. To donate, contact the Foothills Credit Union located at 7990 W. Alameda Ave., call (720) 962-8200 or visit foothills-cu.com for more information. You can also make a donation online with the City of Lakewood.