The parents of a police officer killed in the line of duty have described him as the “perfect son” who was dedicated to his work and family.
Richard and Mary Davies, of Market Deeping, were devastated when they learned their son Agent James Davies, 35, had been killed during an incident in Lakewood, Colorado.
Agent Davies, who was in full police uniform, had been part of a team responding to a call on November 9 when they heard shots being fired from another property. He was in a neighbouring yard when he was shot by a fellow police officer in what police described as a “case of mistaken identity”.
Agent Davies had lived in America since his early 20s but he remained close to his parents, who visited him three times a year.
They last saw their son, who was known as Jim, just two weeks before he died.
Mr Davies said he never worried about James entering the force because “you have got to let them live their lives”.
Mrs Davies said: “We were just very very proud of him as a son. Growing up, he was a lovely boy.
“He was a perfect son.”
His parents said he was so dedicated to his work, he was working overtime when the tragic incident happened.
More than 2,000 people attended a memorial service for Agent Davies, where colleagues described him as a hard worker, a good friend and most of all a family man.
Mrs Davies said: “One of the problems the police had was finding a church big enough. Coming from a small town, that was overwhelming.”
Agent Davies, who had an older sister Caroline, was born in Darlington but his family moved to Market Deeping when he was a youngster.
He attended Market Deeping County Primary School and The Deepings School before going onto study politics and marketing at Keele University, where he met his future wife Tami, an exchange student from America.
They married at Stamford Register Office and had a blessing in St John’s Church, Stamford. Ten months later on his 23rd birthday he joined his new bride in America.
Agent Davies had been a police officer for six years and was working on the special enforcement team, where he investigated sex offences. He had previously been a banker.
He was a much-loved father to Ethan, two, and Chloe, six.
His wife was presented with the police service award and the police cross.
Mr and Mrs Davies are due to travel to America today and will hear an investigation report from the District Attorney.