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Veteran who saluted slain Dallas officers fatally shot, police say

Retired Army combat medic Chandler Davis showed his support for the slain Dallas Police officers outside the headquarters of the Dallas Police Department last year. Davis was killed in The Colony on Sunday, police said.
Retired Army combat medic Chandler Davis showed his support for the slain Dallas Police officers outside the headquarters of the Dallas Police Department last year. Davis was killed in The Colony on Sunday, police said. jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

An Army veteran who saluted the five slain Dallas police officers for hours last summer was fatally shot by his brother in The Colony on Sunday, police said.

Officers found Chandler Davis, 34, with a gunshot wound to his chest inside a home in the 5200 block of Ragan Road about 5:20 p.m., according to a news release. He was taken to Medical City Plano hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His brother, John Davis, 38, was at the home and was taken into custody for questioning, the news release said.

Other witnesses at the home were also being questioned. No charges have been filed.

Last summer, Chandler Davis, in full uniform, stood at attention saluting for hours at the Dallas Police Department, where mourners had created a memorial for the five officers killed on July 7, 2016.

Davis’ tribute was shown on local stations Fox 4 and CBS 11, and the Star-Telegram photographed him.

The former Army combat medic told the Star-Telegram that he wanted to show that the Dallas gunman — Micah Johnson, a former soldier — did not represent people in the armed forces.

“He felt very strongly about his service to the country and it upset him when those police officers in Dallas were brutally murdered,” Cynthia Parker, a family friend of Davis, told CBS 11. He wanted to show his support of the servicemen of all sorts. ... That’s how he was. He was just wired that way.”

Residents pay their respects at a makeshift memorial at the Dallas Police Department headquarters in honor of the five officers who were killed in an ambush­style attack overnight. (Brittany Peterson / McClatchy)

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