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Sheriff Clarence H. Phillips | Beckham County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Beckham County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Sheriff

Clarence H. Phillips

Beckham County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Saturday, June 21, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Clarence Phillips was shot and killed in his office in retaliation for his efforts to combat illegal liquor in the county.

He was shot four times after answering a knock on his office door in the county courthouse.

Three men, including a former deputy whom Sheriff Phillips had fired, were arrested and charged with his murder. All three were sentenced to life in prison. One was paroled March 27, 1937.

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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
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June 21, 2015

 

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