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Patrolman Melvin Claxton | Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee


Melvin Claxton

Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 17, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 448

Cause: Heart attack

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Patrolman Claxton suffered a fatal heart attack during a foot chase of an jail escapee. The suspect had escaped from the County jail at approximately 0300 hours by climbing out of the ventilation ducts.

At approximately 16:15 hours the suspect stole a truck and was immediately engaged in a pursuit by a nearby deputy. Patrolman Claxton joined the vehicle pursuit which ended a few minutes later. The deputy and Patrolman Claxton then chased the 19-year-old suspect on foot until he was captured. Patrolman Claxton then began having trouble breathing and collapsed. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Patrolman Claxton had been with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

Rest In Peace and I'll see you on the other side.

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen

Don P Jensen
Milwaukee Wisconsin Police, Retired
February 17, 2010


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