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Deputy Sheriff J. M. Clifton | Lea County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico Lea County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff

J. M. Clifton

Lea County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 24, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy J. M. Clifton was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle suspected of being used in a robbery in Lovington. During the stop one of the men produced a handgun. Deputy Clifton was able to disarm the man, but while the two struggled, a second suspect exited the car and shot Deputy Clifton. He was able to return fire and kill both suspects. Deputy Clifton drove himself to a nearby school and was then taken to a doctor's office, but died later that night.

Deputy Clifton was survived by his wife.

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