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Sheriff Clifton E. Palmer | Person County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Person County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina


Clifton E. Palmer

Person County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, February 6, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Palmer was shot and killed while responding to backup other deputies attempting to serve mental commitment papers. When the deputies arrived they were met by the suspect who was carrying an axe. They did not attempt an arrest at that time and instead called Sheriff Palmer, who came to the scene. When Sheriff Palmer arrived the man came out of the home with a 12 gauge shotgun. As Sheriff Palmer attempted to calm the man the suspect suddenly raised the gun and shot him in the head, killing him. He then struck another deputy with the butt of the gun before the other officers returned fire, killing the suspect.
Sheriff Palmer was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran of the Pacific Theatre. He had been in law enforcement for 22 years and had been Sheriff for four years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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He was a great friend to our family (The Brays) .. many visits we spent together. His death was so devasting to his family as well as ours. I know that his good deeds here on earth are being rewarded to him in heaven with our LORD and SAVIOR. RIP in peace my friend .. you were a great Sheriff, father, husband and friend to many ♥

Ann Bray Turner
Friend of the Family
September 6, 2013


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