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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I was lucky to have become a Griffiths. You and Officer Clifford did you duty in Denver as police officers in trying to control the mayham that armed individuals can create. You both deserves the recognition that you have received, along with all the other fallen Officers of the Law, whenever and whereaver you have served.

Richard C. Griffiths
Great Grandson

April 2, 2024

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