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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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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Deputy Taylor

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    over 3 years ago


    Another Tear We Shed,RIP Brother

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    over 3 years ago

    RIP Brother

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    over 3 years ago


    RIP Brother

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Brother

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Deputy Taylor

  • Shenanigans7sy_max50


    over 3 years ago


    REst in Peace brother

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Deputy Clifton Taylor.

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother

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    over 3 years ago


    It's becoming too common to see fellow brothers and sisters at arms falling victim to societies evil criminals. We as officers will continue to push forward as God's loyal army, to rid society of it's evil and hatred. Just like some said below, we will carry on and even pick up the pace to do this. Thank you Deputy Taylor for your loyalty and bravery on putting on the shield and uniform and going to battle. God bless your family, friends, and dept for they will be in our prayers. RIP Deputy Taylor!

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace, Brother

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    over 3 years ago


    I believe more officers are being shot today because the lack of respect from the public, caused by the media portraying officers to be cruel racially motivated animals. The media and people say you are professionals (which you are) but, are not paid like one. It still boils my blood when I see the media showing a video tape of an officer beating. The media never shows what led to the event. The tapes might seem brutal for people who have never worn the uniform or been in the situation. This is not a game of freeze tag, where the criminal reaches home base and the chase is over. If you treat it like that you will find yourself in a body bag. What happened to the old days when I was growing up. If you struck an officer you were going to get your butt handed to you and the public’s view was “He should have not struck the officer”. Officers have an extremely difficult job to do especially when society is tying your arms behind your back and expect you to do your job and bring the crime rate down. Always remember “Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6”. God bless Deputy Sheriff Clifton Taylor and my prayers are with his loved ones. I greatly respect the officers who wear the uniform every day and walk that fine blue line between good and evil. It is easy to stumble to either side. These are just my opinions..

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    over 3 years ago


    Thank you for your commitment and service rest in peace my brother my prayers are with your family and your dept and your fiance may you all be blessed and as my FTO said we will take it from here down here son and you can look out for us from up there Phil

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace brother! Our prayers go out to your family and fiance..

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