Deputy Sheriff David R. Clark

Deputy Sheriff David R. Clark

Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, February 11, 1987

David R. Clark

Deputy Sheriff David Clark was shot and killed as he and another deputy were escorting three prisoners from court. One of the prisoners grabbed the other officer's gun and opened fire killing Deputy Clark and seriously wounding the other deputy.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and first degree attempted murder and sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison. He was also sentenced to 20 years on unrelated robbery and drug charges. He will be eligible for parole in 2060.

Deputy Clark is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life plus 60 years

Most Recent Reflection

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30 years have now passed Dave. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. Those of us who worked with you will never forget your sense of humor, your professionalism, your big heart. We'll never forget that tragic night and the days that follow. Valentine Day 30 years ago you were payed to rest. We'll all see you on the other side. May you Rest In Peace in the warm presence of a loving God.

Tony Callisto, OCSO Chief Deputy (Ret)

Chief Deputy Sheriff (Ret)
Onondaga County Sheriff's Office

February 12, 2017

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