Blues musician Elbert "Big Woody" Davis Jr. died in a fiery crash Monday evening after a high-speed chase with police after being accused of shooting and stabbing a county administrator.
The story in the Topeka Capital-Journal is a bizarre read, with the chase beginning after Osage County director of economic development Stephanie Watson showed up at the sheriff's office to report that Davis shot and stabbed her. Who knew a blues musician could have a dark side?
Watson reportedly had a small-caliber gunshot wound to her head and
multiple stab wounds to her upper torso. Watson told deputies that Davis
was "an acquaintance."
Authorities put out a bulletin for the 61-year-old Davis. Prior to the bulletin going out, Davis had been stopped but was let go. After the deputy realized that Davis was wanted and tried to stop Davis, the musician fled, leading authorities on a chase that topped 90 mph and ending with Davis crashing his minivan into a concrete pillar at the Southwest 49th Street overpass on U.S. 75 Highway south of Topeka.
The Osage County Sheriff's Office is investigating. The Cap-Journal reports that Davis was a "Chicago-born drummer" and "a fixture of the Topeka music scene for a number of years, with his Big Woody Blues Revue performing at area clubs and events."