Deputy Sheriff Cleatus L. Phillips

Deputy Sheriff Cleatus L. Phillips

New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, 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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 53td anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 8, 2013

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