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Soon-to-be-Married Deputy Killed In Gun Battle

Soon-to-be-Married Deputy Killed In Gun Battle

Fort Worth Star-Telegram via YellowBrix

April 25, 2011

JOHNSON COUNTY, TX – An Oklahoma man who gunned down a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy Saturday afternoon and then was fatally shot had threatened his wife, sister and another person before authorities arrived, the Johnson County sheriff said Sunday.

Wesley Davis, 47, brandished a weapon at the three people before he was locked out of the house near Venus in Johnson County.

Sheriff deputies received a call of someone with a weapon, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said Sunday. Alford said he wasn’t aware of any shots fired before deputies arrived at the scene.

Davis had been staying at the house just a few days, arriving from Oklahoma, Alford said Sunday. Deputies had not responded to any calls at the residence before Saturday afternoon.

“A deputy knocked on the door and he was told that he was in a storage shed,” Alford said. "They did tell him to be careful.”

Davis opened fire with a .380 pistol when the officers approached the shed, he said.

Killed was Deputy Clifton Taylor, 31, who had been with the department a little more than three years and was engaged to be married. Taylor was the first deputy at the scene in the 2200 block of Eagle Court, just outside the Venus city limits.

Taylor was shot three times, in his neck, his side and his back, likely when he was falling to the ground, Alford said. He was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after being flown by medical helicopter from the scene.

Funeral services for Taylor are pending.

Alford said at a news conference outside JPS Hospital Saturday that Taylor was a “dedicated officer” who was “exemplified by his actions today.”

“I can’t say enough what a fine officer Clifton Taylor was … what a fine man he was,” the sheriff said. “He attended church with me. He will be missed.”

Davis was killed when two other deputies and a Venus police officer returned fire, Alford said.

“Our officers did return fire,” he said. Sheriff’s deputies carry .357 Magnums, he said.

The shootout left two families grieving, the sheriff said.

“Taylor’s family members “are very distraught, but they all send their prayers and concerns to the family of Davis,” Alford said.

“Davis’s family also said the same for them … that they’re sorry for what happened.”

Texas Rangers were called to the scene, which is customary in an officer’s shooting, and will investigate, Rangers Lt. Crayton McGee said.

A bullet struck Deputy Patrick Geyer’s walkie-talkie, Alford said. Geyer, 39, was treated for a bruise and was released from Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital in Cleburne. He has been with the department for eight years.

Also responding was Deputy Eric McClelland, 25, who was not injured.

Alford said his officers are “very distraught” over the shooting.

“You deal with a lot of guilt,” he said. “Guilt for not saving Clifton Taylor and the guilt for having to take the life. of another person. It’s hard on my officers.”

Aside from his deputy’s position, Taylor was working three off-duty jobs to boost his savings before getting married, Alford said.


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    revCCBeasley

    about 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP, God be with the Family as they deal with a tragetic lost.

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    kclark1206

    about 3 years ago

    80 Comments

    Rest in Peace brother!!!!

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Rest in peace brother.

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    Bryan33

    about 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    rest in peace my brother.. Thoughts and prayers sent to his fellow officers,,,

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    we5150

    about 3 years ago

    202 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    ryanj13

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    This is horrible that there are people out there willing to shoot at an officer....I wish the best for his family....It's sad we have to live where people do this

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    CAZ

    over 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    RIP Sir Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten. My prayers go out to your family, friends, department and community.

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    DD6049

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    RIP

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    mpgoogles

    over 3 years ago

    58 Comments

    RIP

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    Redsky

    over 3 years ago

    2918 Comments

    God bless his fiancee and family. RIP Taylor.

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4314 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    msjayelbee

    over 3 years ago

    612 Comments

    So sad. God Bless his family and his fiancee.

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10610 Comments

    Rest in peace, Deputy Taylor.

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    osu

    over 3 years ago

    26 Comments

    i feel f or all involved i worked for thr the tarrant county sheriffs office back in 99-00 and have since moved to pa. i have been to to many funerals since then am sadened by the way days are now, every call can be your last ,please be careful and take extra care when approaching , remember we need to go home every day,and see our family, others dont care of that , take them out and we gain more respect for others and our self. be safe and my family send our prairs to the family of our falen officer.be strong and carry on , he would want it that way.

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