Customs Officer Clyde Merrill Bristow

Customs Officer Clyde Merrill Bristow

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, January 12, 1932

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Clyde Merrill Bristow

Customs Officer Clyde Bristow was shot and killed at a border crossing in Arizona while he and another officer checked a vehicle for illegal liquor.

He and his partner had stopped the vehicle on the Tucson Road about 14-1/2 miles north of Nogales, Arizona,

The 22-year-old suspect escaped into Mexico. On May 21st, 1935, he died of food poisoning in Mexico City.

Officer Bristow had served with the United States Customs Service for three years. He was survived by his wife and one child. He was predeceased by two sons.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Escaped

alcohol violation, traffic stop, vehicle search

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Officer Bristow,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Service.


United States Border Patrol

January 12, 2022

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