Deputy Sheriff Clayton Kirby Woods

Deputy Sheriff Clayton Kirby Woods

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, June 15, 1971

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Clayton Kirby Woods

Deputy Woods was killed while serving papers to a man in the Gray Court area. Two other deputies were also shot. There had been no conversation between the deputies and the suspect before he suddenly opened fire.

The gunman escaped from the rear of the house into a heavily wooded area after police lobbed tear gas into the house.

The suspect was killed while deputies were trying to apprehend him.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by other officers

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Deputy Sheriff Woods,
Sir, even though it’s been 50 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens Laurens County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 16, 2021

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