Deputy Sheriff Robert Frank Clayton

Deputy Sheriff Robert Frank Clayton

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, May 2, 1946

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Robert Frank Clayton

Deputy Sheriff Robert Clayton was shot and killed as he and two other officers went to a residence in the Chancey Town community to serve a warrant on a soldier for drunkenness.

The soldier, who was home on leave, opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, killing Deputy Clayton and wounding a second deputy.

The 21-year-old subject was arrested by the county sheriff and pleaded guilty to murdering Deputy Clayton. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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(Frank) Robert Frank Clayton was my great uncle, he was my granny's oldest brother. I got a picture of him in his police union form. My granny used tell us about him when we was growing up.Sadly all 6 siblings are gone now, my granny was the last one to go.

Tammy Trentham
great niece

June 18, 2014

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