Police Officer Gene A. Clifton

Police Officer Gene A. Clifton

Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 19, 1971

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Gene A. Clifton

Officer Gene Clifton died as a result of a gunshot wound received on October 1, 1971.

Officer Clifton was fatally wounded during a joint operation with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Palo Alto Police Department. A team of officers were attempting to execute a search warrant at a residence. The officers were already inside the residence when a suspect fired shots at the officers and ran into a bedroom. Officer Clifton was standing outside the bedroom when the suspect continued shooting, and a bullet went through the wall and struck him in the abdomen.

After Officer Clifton was shot another Palo Alto officer shot the suspect in the face with a shotgun.

Officer Clifton had served with the Palo Alto Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 47

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 1, 1971
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot by return fire and captured.

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Officer Clifton,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Palo Alto. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 19, 2021

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