March 27, 2015
Bolingbrook man guilty of striking officer with pipe
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow announces the conviction of a man who attempted to kill a Bolingbrook police officer by striking him in the head with a metal pipe during a domestic disturbance in August 2013.
Levan C. Davis, 22, of 364 Walnut Circle, Bolingbrook, was convicted of Attempted First Degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Battery at the conclusion of a bench trial on Thursday. He faces between six and 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 28.
The judge found Davis guilty but mentally ill, which means he is eligible to receive mental health treatment while he serves his time in a state prison.
Bolingbrook Officers Eli Limacher and Jason Mitchem responded to a report of alleged domestic violence at Davis’ Bolingbrook residence on Aug. 7, 2013. The defendant, who had a history of mental illness and contacts with police, had threatened to kill his father during an argument over the television remote control.
The officers found Davis in the garage. The defendant, who was shouting obscenities, picked up a four-foot long metal pipe and struck Officer Limacher in the head after ignoring orders to place his hands on a vehicle in the garage. Officer Mitchem shot Davis twice, once in the arm and once in the back, to protect his fellow officer from further injury. Officer Limacher suffered a serious head injury during the attack.
“These officers demonstrated tremendous courage as well as restraint during a volatile situation that could have turned deadly in an instant,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “I personally reviewed this case and determined that Officer Mitchem had used appropriate force to subdue the assailant and save Officer Limacher’s life. The guilty verdict handed down today in the criminal case assures a prison sentence for Levan Davis.”
Glasgow credited Assistant State’s Attorneys Elizabeth Domagalla and Maggie Griffin with securing a conviction that takes a dangerous individual off the streets.