Patrolman Robert M. Clifton

Photo of Patrolman Robert M. Clifton
End of Watch: Tue, Dec 5th, 1967
Date of Incident: Not Known
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 6 years & 6 months
Age: 34


Patrolman Robert Clifton was shot and killed when he and another officer stopped a vehicle for a routine inspection. The vehicle was occupied by four youths and a 13 year old girl who had just robbed and beaten a grocery store operator in Bowie, Texas a few hours earlier. When the two officers ordered the occupants to get out of the car the driver pulled a gun and killed Patrolman Clifton. The other officer returned fire killing the gunman.

The other four occupants were returned to authorities in Texas.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Joplin Police Department Patch
303 E 3rd Street
Joplin, Missouri 64801
(417) 623-3131


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