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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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    RIP Deputy Taylor. :(

  • Me_clean_shaven_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • 2008_masonic_coin_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I didn't know Deputy Taylor, but I know a few of his comrades. The Johnson County Sheriff's Department has a proud record with excellant officers. It tears my heart at their loss. Deputy Taylor's family and his LEO family are in my prayers. Godspeed Brother.

  • Prince_hall_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump Retired184 . I wrote the sae thing a few days ago when it was just 26 killed by gunfire. It seems like this is going to be the worst year for us where fire arms have been the cause. It seems like we are getting hit at a rate of two per week. bro's and sis's stay safe wear your vest and remember there is never a routine call.....RIP DEP Taylor thanks for your service.

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    about 4 years ago


    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Taylor family and the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. I'm from Cleburne and my heart is with my fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement there. Be safe.

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    about 4 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother. You will be missed.

  • Craig_w_floyd_and_chaplain_david_matthew_with_the_police_banner_max50


    about 4 years ago


    To the Family, Friends and Co-Workers of Deputy Sheriff Clifton Taylor my thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

  • 9-11_1_sq90_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP, Deputy!!

  • Draped_badge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Deputy..This has to stop 30 gunned down this year already and the summer hasn't even hit. My prayer are with all currently surving..The goal is to go home at the end of the shift to hell with anyone else...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    So sad....condolences to the family of Deputy Taylor, along with his LE agency. One thing I've noticed in these escalating murders of LE agents all over this country is that the time they've served in this profession seems to be fewer and fewer years....Please be careful out there. There's no shame in calling for backup, although it appears from this incident that the offender had his mind set to shoot it out to the end with the first lawman he came across. Although I'm now retired, I can't seem to remember a year in which so many in our profession have been killed, especially so early in the year, and all this at a time when most if not all LE agencies are facing serious cutbacks in resources and manpower. I fear that incidents of this kind will only increase before we as a profession are able to turn the tide on this.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    RIP Brother...........Godspeed.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    RIP Deputy Taylor. May God bless your family and fellow officers.

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  • Eagle_avatar_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP, Deputy!!

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