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Police Officer Roger Lovell Scott | Clayton Police Department, California Clayton Police Department, California

Police Officer

Roger Lovell Scott

Clayton Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 23, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/18/1977

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Deceased

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Officer Roger Scott succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained six years earlier, in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, September 18, 1977, when he encountered a nude man bloodied and walking near a church on Clayton Road.

Officer Scott confronted the man and a struggle ensued. The suspect charged Officer Scott and knocked him to the ground causing his portable radio to fly into nearby bushes. Officer Scott retreated to his patrol car and was able to radio for help. The suspect reached the patrol car where he struck Officer Scott with a piece of lumber hard enough to embed pieces of the wood in his badge. The suspect was able to disarm Officer Scott and shoot him from outside the patrol car as Officer Scott attempted to remove the shotgun from his car. The suspect fired three shots striking Officer Scott twice; once in the head and once in the left arm.

Sergeant James Webster from nearby Concord Police Department was the first to arrive to the "officer down" call and observed the nude 30 year old suspect pounding on Officer Scott's head with a rock. When the suspect saw the sergeant he stood and charged toward the officer and the sergeant fired one shot, striking the suspect in the chest and killing him instantly.

Officer Scott underwent several surgeries but never recovered from the wounds.

Officer Scott was 23 years old when he was shot and had served three years with the Clayton Police Department. He is survived by his wife.

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Officer Scott, today marks 33 years since you passed away.

Officer Scott you were a warrior, a hero and a fighter. Please know that your legacy lives on at the Clayton Police Department and it will continue to live on forever!

I tell your story to every new Clayton Police Officer and I make sure that everybody knows the fight that you put up on the morning that you were attacked. You are an inspiration to me and I wish that I would have had the opportunity to meet you.

God Bless you and your family Officer Scott. Rest in Peace..

Police Officer Rich Enea
Clayton Police Department
November 23, 2016


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