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David Ford was the author of the first of two police operation reports found by Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield detailing the gradual defeat of the Raccoon Police officers within the precinct late in the week of the outbreak.
He reports on many injuries and deaths of his comrades as well as Raccoon civilians. He states that the lack of ammunition and weaponry available to the surviving officers is problematic. David records one of the first sightings of a new creature within the RPD building, which the remaining officers tentatively nickname "Licker". David is apparently killed by zombies on the night of September 27 - his death is noted by Elliot Edward. In a memo written by the same character found in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and the N64 version of Resident Evil 2 reveals that David developed a close "relationship" with his Mossberg shotgun, but feeling the situation to be hopeless he takes to drinking whiskey. It becomes apparent that David suffers a mental breakdown after the situation becomes too difficult for him to cope with, and it is strongly implied that he intended to commit suicide (though Elliot Edward's report suggests David was either ironically killed before he could shoot himself, or that Elliot didn't actually see him die and that David committed suicide shortly after his 'brush with death').