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Deputy Sheriff Robert Frank Clayton | Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Robert Frank Clayton

Polk County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, May 2, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Deputy Sheriff Robert Clayton was shot and killed as he and two other officers went to a residence in the Chancey Town community to serve a warrant on a soldier for drunkenness.

The soldier, who was home on leave, opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, killing Deputy Clayton and wounding a second deputy.

The 21-year-old subject was arrested by the county sheriff and pleaded guilty to murdering Deputy Clayton. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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(Frank) Robert Frank Clayton was my great uncle, he was my granny's oldest brother. I got a picture of him in his police union form. My granny used tell us about him when we was growing up.Sadly all 6 siblings are gone now, my granny was the last one to go.

Tammy Trentham
great niece
June 18, 2014

 

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