Deputy Sheriff J. M. Clifton

Deputy Sheriff J. M. Clifton

Lea County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, February 24, 1932

J. M. Clifton

Deputy J. M. Clifton was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle suspected of being used in a robbery in Lovington. During the stop one of the men produced a handgun. Deputy Clifton was able to disarm the man, but while the two struggled, a second suspect exited the car and shot Deputy Clifton. He was able to return fire and kill both suspects. Deputy Clifton drove himself to a nearby school and was then taken to a doctor's office, but died later that night.

Deputy Clifton was survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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