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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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    RLW

    almost 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    RIP Brother, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 3 years ago

    10906 Comments

    Rest in peace, Deputy Taylor. You deserved better.

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    Halefo5

    almost 3 years ago

    166 Comments

    Rest In peace brother; May Yahweh comfort your family, friends and co-workers in their hour of need.

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    mucholucho

    almost 3 years ago

    214 Comments

    God bless Officer Taylor's family and Davis' family.

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    captainbud

    almost 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    May you rest in peace my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

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    FBD183

    almost 3 years ago

    728 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother

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    martin50

    almost 3 years ago

    444 Comments

    Rest In Peace Deputy Taylor

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    dolphinblue

    almost 3 years ago

    42824 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    ilegworldchamp

    almost 3 years ago

    8966 Comments

    May God Bless and Keep You Sir .

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    aussie4

    almost 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God bless Leo Taylor and his family. Now hopefully this pos will.find.himself.in.hell.

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    HEYSARGE

    almost 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    RIP

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    dozer73

    almost 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    Thank You Deputy Taylor for answering the call and walking brave into the unknown, you are a hero SIR.

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    chiefkcr

    almost 3 years ago

    3620 Comments

    RIP My Brother. GOD be with you and yours.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 3 years ago

    45806 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Taylor. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

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    Robocop33

    almost 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    RIP my brother. Your name is now part of Tx LE history and will always be spoken with respect and honored. God Bless the family and friends of this fine Officer.
    Thanks go out to the two Officers that were able to put Davis down without any real injury to themselves even though that one round that struck the radio came too close. good job guys.

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