Officer Thomas C. Clifford

Officer Thomas C. Clifford

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, August 13, 1899

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Thomas C. Clifford

Officer Clifford was shot and killed while confronting three drunken U.S. Army soldiers who had just been thrown out of a saloon. As the three were leaving Officer Clifford demanded that the men relinquish their weapons. One of the soldiers then drew his weapon and shot Officer Clifford, killing him. During the ensuing search the suspect shot and killed Officer William Griffiths under the 16th Street Bridge. The suspect was identified by the other two soldiers but he was never apprehended after a long search in which local police stopped most soldiers walking the streets.

Officer Clifford was survived by his wife and eight children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Officer Clifford,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to your fellow Officer who was also shot and killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denver.


United States Border Patrol

August 13, 2019

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