Deputy Sheriff Cleatus L. Phillips

Deputy Sheriff Cleatus L. Phillips

New Madrid County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, September 12, 1960

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Cleatus L. Phillips

Deputy Phillips was shot and killed when he and the sheriff went to a home to question a man about allegations that he had abused his girlfriend. The two borrowed a car that the man would not recognize and drove to the home in the early morning. As Deputy Phillips stepped onto the back porch of the home the suspect shot him in the face, killing him.

The suspect was arrested a short time later after a standoff. He was convicted of Deputy Phillips murder and sent to prison for several years.

Deputy Phillips was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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Deputy Sheriff Phillips,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New Madrid County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 12, 2020

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