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Patrolman Robert M. Clifton | Joplin Police Department, Missouri Joplin Police Department, Missouri


Robert M. Clifton

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 5, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 6 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Robert Clifton was shot and killed when he and another officer stopped a vehicle for a routine inspection. The vehicle was occupied by four youths and a 13 year old girl who had just robbed and beaten a grocery store operator in Bowie, Texas a few hours earlier. When the two officers ordered the occupants to get out of the car the driver pulled a gun and killed Patrolman Clifton. The other officer returned fire killing the gunman.

The other four occupants were returned to authorities in Texas.

Patrolman Clifton had served with the agency for six and a half years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
December 5, 2011


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