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Deputy Sheriff William E. Tipton | Portales Police Department, New Mexico Portales Police Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff

William E. Tipton

Portales Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Thursday, April 25, 1907

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Deputy Sheriff Tipton was shot and killed by another officer who had been drinking. When Deputy Tipton asked the other officer to surrender his gun he drew the weapon and struck Deputy Tipton with it. Deputy Tipton was able to knock the gun from the other officer but in a struggle the suspect was able to gain control of Deputy Tipton's firearm and shot him. The suspect was acquitted at trial of the crime.
Deputy Tipton was survived by his wife and six children.

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William E. Tipton is my 3x great-grandfather on my mother's side. My grandmother is Joyce Tipton Church. On behalf of me and my family thank you for your heroism and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Reni Erven
3x great-granddaughter
March 19, 2017


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