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Traffic Officer Clarence M. Pickett | Madera County State Traffic Force, California Madera County State Traffic Force, California

Traffic Officer

Clarence M. Pickett

Madera County State Traffic Force, California

End of Watch: Saturday, November 10, 1923

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 1925

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Officer Pickett was shot and killed after he stopped a suspect drunk driver on the state highway in Berenda. As Officer Pickett spoke to the driver, the passenger pulled a handgun and shot Officer Pickett twice in the chest, killing him. The suspects were a pair of criminals who had been traveling around the state committing armed robberies and thefts. They were arrested about ten hours later.

One of the suspects was sentenced to life and the second suspect was sentenced to death. He was hung at San Quentin State Prison on January 9, 1925.

Officer Pickett was survived by his wife of three weeks and his mother, brother and sister.

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