Deputy Sheriff Cleatus Leo Phillips

Photo of Deputy Sheriff Cleatus Leo Phillips
End of Watch: Mon, Sep 12th, 1960
Date of Incident: Mon, Sep 12th, 1960
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 4 years
Age: 39


His wife Dorothy, daughter Mary, step-daughters Diana and Sherry, mother Mary, four brothers and seven sisters


Deputy Phillips was shot and killed when he and the sheriff went to a home to question a man about allegations that he had abused his girlfriend. The two borrowed a car that the man would not recognize and drove to the home in the early morning. As Deputy Phillips stepped onto the back porch of the home the suspect shot him in the face, killing him.

The suspect was arrested a short time later after a standoff. He was convicted of Deputy Phillips murder and sent to prison.

Deputy Phillips served with the New Madrid Sheriffs Office for four years and had previously served with the Portageville Police Department.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


New Madrid County Sheriff's Department Patch
435 Line Street
New Madrid, Missouri 63869
(573) 748-2516


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