Dashboard video from a January traffic stop in Hamilton that ended in gunfire. A jury ruled on April 13, 2010 that Hamilton Police Officer Ross Jessop was justified in shooting Raymond Thane Davis. http://billingsgazette.com/news/sta...mix_cdf93fba-47ca-11df-9f5c-001cc4c002e0.html HAMILTON A coroners jury ruled Tuesday that Hamilton Police Officer Ross Jessop was justified in shooting Raymond Thane Davis to death after the Hamilton man opened fire during a late night traffic stop in January. It took the six-woman jury one hour to make its ruling following nearly five hours of testimony, which included a videotape that showed Davis pointing a pistol inches from Jessops face and pulling the trigger. http://billingsgazette.com/news/sta...cle_13b074ce-47cb-11df-a0a4-001cc4c002e0.html The click of the revolvers hammer hitting a previously fired round was audible on the tape. Davis fired a second time as the officer fell back and drew his own weapon. Jessop fired his pistol 14 times into Davis vehicle as it sped away. One round hit the man in the back. Davis, 36, died on the scene. His .41 caliber revolver was recovered on the floorboard. Its hammer was cocked and ready to fire. Witnesses testified Tuesday Davis taste for whiskey and a bad case of jealousy were to blame for the fatal confron-tation. Shannon Diaz, bar manager at Hamiltons Office and Silver Coin Casino, said Davis was acting strange enough on the evening of Jan. 1 that she wouldnt serve alcohol to him. "He was completely not like himself ... when he starts drinking whiskey, he just completely turns into a different person," Diaz said. She told him he needed to leave. Davis returned later and found Diaz, his girlfriend and another man sitting outside. The man, who is black, had loaned Davis girlfriend his coat. That set Davis off, Diaz said. He shouted racial epithets and later texted the same to his girlfriend. When he returned to the bar, Diaz had bounc-ers and her husband put him out. She said later someone received a text message saying Davis had a gun. Tracy Womack, owner of the Ponderosa Bar, said Davis was fine when she first saw him around 9 p.m., but she knew hed been fighting with his girlfriend when he came back later. "He was drinking Black Velvet cokes," Womack said. "I also saw him do a snakebite Yukon Jack with Roses Lime juice." When Davis girlfriend came back to the bar later, she asked to hide behind the bar. "She sat on a little stool ... she didnt want him to see her," Womack said. He spotted her the second time he came back and started yelling racial epithets at her again about wearing the mans jacket. Womack told him to leave. "I knew I needed to protect her and get him gone," she said. Davis moved to the Rainbow Bar where he continued to drink whiskey and Cokes. The bartender there, Nicholas Renzo, remembered wrapping up Davis hand, which was bleeding. "He said he hit a wall or something ... anyone who knows him, knows he shouldnt drink whiskey," Renzo testified. "He gets violent." He told Renzo later he had a gun. Just before Davis got ready to leave that night at about 1:30 a.m., he looked at Renzo and told him "It was nice knowing you. Im not going to see you for awhile." Renzo said he thought was the alcohol talking. Davis told another patron at the Rainbow Bar the same story. After saying "it was a pleasure knowing you," Brian Webb said Davis took his hand and placed it on the small of his back. Webb said he felt the outline of a pistol. "He was definitely three sheets to the wind," Webb said. Jessop was raised in Pinesdale. He is a 2001 Corvallis graduate who has been working with the Hamilton Police De-partment since 2008. On Jan. 1, he came on shift at 4:45 p.m. He was scheduled to get off work 10 hours later at 2:45 a.m. Jessop first saw Davis that night talking to two Hamilton police officers. The men were questioning Davis about some battery cables that had been cut on his girlfriends car earlier that night. Jessop saw Davis shake the officers hands and go back inside. The officers told Jessop that Davis was heavily intoxicated and had been warned not to drive. Not long afterward, Jessop spotted Davis Lincoln Navigator driving north on Second Street. He pulled in behind and followed the vehicle as it turned on Adirondack Street. When Davis used a turn lane to drive straight through the next intersection, Jessop turned on his lights. Davis crossed the railroad tracks on Fairgrounds Road and pulled over on a patch of dirt almost directly across from the fairgrounds entrance. Jessop activated his spotlight. And then the officer saw something that hed never seen before during a traffic stop. Davis reached out and slowly adjusted his mirror so he could see the officer. "Thats very unusual," Jessop testified. "Our spotlights are very bright and they hurt your eyes." Most people immediately turn their mirrors so the light is reflected away from their face. "At that point, I was caught off guard," he said. "I approached with a little more caution than I usually do." Jessop could smell the alcohol on Davis as soon as he neared the window. He asked the man how much hed drank that night. "Plenty," came the reply. Jessop said the face that stared out the window that night was hard to describe. "It was argumentative ... very sure of himself, almost cocky." Jessop asked him what he meant by plenty. A split second later the officer was staring down the barrel of a .41 mag-num Smith and Wesson pistol. "The end looked bigger than a quarter," Jessop said. Jessop heard a click. Davis pulled the trigger and the hammer fell on an empty round. "My very first thought ... after I realized it was a revolver was I was terrified. Absolutely terrified," Jessop testified. "I recall thinking I wasnt going to see my wife again. I wasnt going to see my mom, my brothers, or my sisters, or my coworkers or my dogs. I was terrified." Jessop moved his face away from the threat as fast as he could. "I did hear the click," he said. "I remember stopping. I was actually hoping it was just a joke ... I remember thinking why would you do that to an officer?" And then he saw Davis head readjust. "I remember thinking the reason hes readjusting his head is hes going to shoot again," Jessop said. He ran toward the back of Davis vehicle, while drawing his Glock, Model 22. He heard a gunshot. "My next thought was I had to defend myself and eliminate the threat to me," Jessop said. "I dont recall drawing my weapon. I do remember my first shot. I was conscious that I was shooting my gun." Jessop thought hed fired seven or eight rounds. It turned out hed fired 14. Six bullets hit Davis vehicle, including the one that drove through the passenger and drivers seats and into Davis back. After Davis vehicle stuck the power companys building and came to a stop, Jessop loaded his rifle and got in his car and moved closer. Ravalli County Attorney George Corn asked him why after hed just been nearly killed did he move closer to his as-sailant. "My duty as an officer is to make sure the community is safe," Jessop said. "I had no idea if I hit him or not. My thought was to get close enough to keep the area safe and keep myself safe." Davis was dead when he was pulled from his vehicle by officers soon afterward. The investigation of the shooting was completed by the Missoula Police Department. The investigative team all tes-tified Tuesday. John Pohle, the Powell County Coroner presided over the inquest. Missoula Police Department Lt. Steve Brester led the investigation. This wasnt the first time Davis had been on the wrong side of the law, Brester said. In 1998, he was convicted of felony aggravated battery in Idaho after he beat his ex-girlfriends boyfriend after she claimed shed been abused. Witnesses in that case said he kicked the man 20 to 30 times while he was on the ground. When Davis heard the man making a gurgling sound, he went back and stomped on his face eight or nine more times. He was convicted in 2003 of assaulting a Hamilton Police Officer and sent back to prison. At the end of the hearing, Corn called Brester back to the stand one last time. By now, Jessop was sitting in the front row, flanked by his fellow officers. His wife was sitting a row back and other supporters filled the courtroom. Corn wanted Bresters professional opinion: Was it necessary for Officer Jessop to shoot Davis? "My opinion is that Mr. Davis purposely put his .41 magnum into the face of Officer Jessop with the intention of kill-ing him," Brester replied. "Officer Jessop had no choice but to respond with lethal force." The jury agreed unanimously.