Lieutenant Claton Morris Medrano

Lieutenant Claton Morris Medrano

Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 27, 2001

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Claton Morris Medrano

Lieutenant Claton Medrano was shot and killed while he and another officer were serving a mental commitment warrant at a house near Hallsville.

The officers went to the scene after receiving reports several days earlier that the man was waving guns in a threatening manner. Lieutenant Medrano was asked to serve the papers because he had dealt with the suspect on prior occasions. As the officers arrived, the suspect opened fire with a fully automatic AK-47, fatally wounding Lieutenant Medrano and wounding his partner. The suspect then drove to his parent's home and committed suicide.

Lieutenant Medrano had been employed with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department for 15 years and had been in law enforcement for 25 years.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Committed suicide


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Clay was in many ways larger than life to many of us who knew him well. He was a dedicated detective who first wanted to prevent crime if at all possible by helping many folks especially young people make better decisions than live a life of crime. He loved his wife, Jerri, his community, and most of all his Heavenly Father. I treasured him as a friend.

Sally Gossett Barron, LPC-S
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January 16, 2023

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