MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Police Officer Herbert Davis III, who was shoot many times 27 while answering a welfare check and being a big fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, was pleasantly surprised with Super Bowl tickets.
WTMJ-AM and Good Karma Brands surprised the officer on live radio. They bought him two Super Bowl tickets, two plane tickets, a hotel room, and are giving him several thousand dollars in spending money to use while playing the game. Initially, a GoFundMe set to take Officer Davis to the Super Bowl. But then WTMJ-AM intervened to bring him to Los Angeles.
Station Vice President Steve Wexler live-streamed the announcement.
“It’s just a sign of appreciation for your service, your commitment and the inspiration you’ve brought to all of us,” Wexler said.
Davis was silent for a moment, thanking the station and staff for the ride.
Davis said he plans to take his dad out to play games. That’s where he fell in love with the team.
“My dad is my best friend. “I’m so happy and excited about this, this means the whole world to him,” Davis said.
As soon as Officer Davis heard the good news, he said he wanted to acknowledge the other officers who have also been shot in the line of duty over the past few weeks: Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Christian Almonte and Milwaukee Police Detective Andrew Wilkiewicz. Now, Officer Davis wants to use his GoFundMe money to get Almonte and Wilkiewicz to the Super Bowl.
“No matter how much we donate, whatever we can do, I want to share it with them. Football fans or not, if they want to come, I want to be able to take them there. If they weren’t football fans, I’d love to have the opportunity to contribute to a cause they desire,” Davis said.
The Super Bowl between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams will take place on February 13 in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium.
On January 30, Officer Davis left popular as the video shows him reacting emotionally to the news that Cincinnati will be attending the Super Bowl.
While the news that he will be attending the Super Bowl and beginning his recovery is good, it all comes down to tragedy.
The shooting happened at about 5:53 p.m. near 2101 W. St. Paul Ave on Jan. 27. Davis police are responding to a welfare check of a depressed person who turns out to be 22-year-old Jetrin Rodthong.
When Rodthong got out of the car, he tried to run away. A brief struggle ensued. The officer moved away from Rodthong but Rodthong approached him and shot Officer Davis. Rodthong then ran to the police squad car, got in and drove away, prosecutors said.
Rodthong was driving to Clybourn Road and 17th Street when he collided with another vehicle. Rodthong walked away from the scene. That’s when he was arrested by response officers. According to the complaint, he had multiple gunshot wounds.
Police found several items in his bag that tested positive for opiates, methamphetamine and fentanyl. According to the complaint, Rodthong later admitted to using methamphetamine and heroin before speaking to the officer.
He also admitted to having a pink 9mm waistline prior to the exchange.
Rodthong went on to tell the police that he got off the bus when asked because he didn’t want to go to jail again. But, when the officer was about to put his hand behind his back, all that Rodthong could think of was gone.
When asked what happened next, Rodthong only repeated that he wanted to run away, according to the lawsuit.
Rodthong’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 9. A cash bond has been placed for $1 million. He has been charged with first-degree murder and using a dangerous weapon.