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Patrolman David W. Clark | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee


David W. Clark

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, May 21, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman David Clark was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a suspect that had just murdered four people and wounded a Federal Probation Officer.

The officer and his partner responded to a shots fired call in the 1700 block of Kansas Street. When they arrived, they found four people shot and killed, along with a wounded Federal Probation Officer. Patrolman Clark then chased the suspect to the rear of a frame house at 1760 Kansas Street.
The suspect was armed with a 30-30 rifle. Patrolman Clark encountered the suspect in the rear of the house at a range of about 20 feet and fired one shot hitting the suspect in the shoulder. The officer then took cover at the corner of the house. The suspect fired one shot from his rifle and the round pierced the wall of the house where Patrolman Clark was concealed, and he was stuck in the side of the head and killed.
The suspect kicked down the door of the house and barricaded himself inside. Officers surrounded the house and fired tear gas into it. When the suspect exited the house holding the rifle, officers opened fire, killing him.

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Thank you Ms. Miller for your kind words. I also, was around when this incident happened. I was just out of high school in Memphis (Treadwell) when this happened. I believe this incident caused the formation of the T.A.C.T unit of the MPD. Blessings to the family of officer Clark.

Law officer friend
August 27, 2015


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