Police Officer Gene A. Clifton

Police Officer Gene A. Clifton

Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 19, 1971

Gene A. Clifton

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.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 47

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 1, 1971
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot by return fire and captured.

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Rest In Peace Brother. You are honored and remembered today the 46th anniversary of your E.O.W. You are not forgotten. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 19, 2017

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