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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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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Brother....

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    RIPB. Until we meet again. Venus is east of Dallas.

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    granny1

    almost 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    rest in peace.

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    Collegecop_WA

    almost 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Rest in peace Deputy Taylor, may God welcome you home with open arms and May he comfort the loved ones you have left behind.

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    batman2944

    almost 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Taylor and God Bless!

    "Train for the Fight"

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    mushin

    almost 3 years ago

    64 Comments

    GOD BE WITH YOU MY FRIEND. I'LL LOOK YOU UP WHEN IT'S MY TURN.

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    StanfieldS

    almost 3 years ago

    132 Comments

    RIP Brother. Prayers for you and your family.

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    silversgt

    almost 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    rip officer you are now in the lords kingdom help keep it safe

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    Doug987

    almost 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    Thank you for serving with us borther, RIP.

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    philfroggy

    almost 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother, The family and agency are in my thoughts and prayers

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    KMueller

    almost 3 years ago

    254 Comments

    prayers go out to the officers family and fiancee RIP OFFICER TAYLOR

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    A tragic reminder to us all; NEVER take risks with known armed offenders. RIP bro.

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    BForJuvCor

    almost 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    A sad state of affairs here. May you rest in peace brother.

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    EOD300

    almost 3 years ago

    2278 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother...

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    gheil

    almost 3 years ago

    478 Comments

    That just sucks... RIP Brother, prayers to his family.

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