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Deputy Sheriff Clifford Phillip Payne | Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff

Clifford Phillip Payne

Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, June 18, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Acquitted

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Deputy Payne and undercover narcotics agent were shot by the stepfather of a 17 year old male they were attempting to on a marijuana charge at his home about 1:30 a.m. The stepfather fired five rounds from a snub-nosed .38-caliber pistol, fatally wounding Deputy Payne and striking the narcotics agent in the chin and left hand. The stepfather was wounded in the side by narcotics agent who fired from the doorway of the residence as he was seeking cover. The 17 year old fled out the back door when the shooting began. He surrendered to authorities about 9:30 a.m. after a massive eight-hour search of the Burns Flat industrial district.

The stepfather was arrested and charged with murdering Deputy Payne. He testified that he thought Deputy Payne was an armed intruder in his home that night and cited the fact that the deputy had a beard and long hair. The prosecution countered that Deputy Payne was dressed in uniform. He was acquitted by a jury. Deputy Payne was survived by his wife and three sons.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 18, 2015


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