Sheriff Clarence H. Phillips

Sheriff Clarence H. Phillips

Beckham County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, June 21, 1930

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Clarence H. Phillips

Sheriff Clarence Phillips was shot and killed in his office in retaliation for his efforts to combat illegal liquor in the county. He told friends a few days before he was killed that bootleggers told him they would pay him $200 a week to let them have their way. When he refused he said they told him they would kill him.

He was shot four times after answering a knock on his office door in the county courthouse.

Three men, including a former deputy, who fired the four shots, whom Sheriff Phillips had fired, were arrested and charged with his murder. All three were sentenced to life. The former deputy escaped from Granite Prison on August 14, 1932, and surrendered to Beckman County officials on December 14, 1933. Another was paroled on April 7 1936. The third was given a years leave of absence in 1945 and paroled in 1946.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Phillips,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for for the citizens of Beckham County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 21, 2020

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