Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # 47
Incident Date: 10/1/1971
Offender: Shot by return fire and captured.
Officer Gene Clifton died as a result of a gunshot wound received on October 1, 1971.
Officer Clifton was fatally wounded during a joint operation with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Palo Alto Police Department. A team of officers were attempting to execute a search warrant at a residence. The officers were already inside the residence when a suspect fired shots at the officers and ran into a bedroom. Officer Clifton was standing outside the bedroom when the suspect continued shooting, and a bullet went through the wall and struck him in the abdomen.
After Officer Clifton was shot another Palo Alto officer shot the suspect in the face with a shotgun.
Officer Clifton had served with the Palo Alto Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and two sisters.