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Patrol Officer William Rayvon Gilmore, Jr. | Clayton Police Department, North Carolina Clayton Police Department, North Carolina

Patrol Officer

William Rayvon Gilmore, Jr.

Clayton Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, January 30, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year, 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Patrol Officer William Gilmore was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a call of a large disorderly group playing loud music.

After clearing the group, Officer Gilmore was sitting in his patrol car completing a report when a man approached the vehicle and shot Officer Gilmore in the face, killing him. The suspect was captured the next day.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 14th, 1982.

Officer Gilmore had served with the Clayton Police Department for 17 months. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter and parents.

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Ray, you are on my mind often even after so many years have passed. I wish I had been with you on that awful night. The hardest task I ever had to perform was to take your killer to jail and retain my composure.

RIP my friend. Perhaps we will meet again in the next world.

Asst. Chief J.B. Weaver Ret.
Clayton P.D.
May 1, 2015

 

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