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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, when I think of you I think of us as children playing cops and robbers. We had good times as children playing that game. When we would get shot in the game we could get up and keep playing. I wish it had been pretend on that night in January 1982. I miss you my cousin and friend. I love you always!

Pamela Dean
January 8, 2017


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