Patrolman Robert M. Clifton

Patrolman Robert M. Clifton

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, December 5, 1967

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Robert M. Clifton

Patrolman Robert Clifton was shot and killed when he and another officer stopped a vehicle for a routine inspection. The vehicle was occupied by four youths and a 13 year old girl who had just robbed and beaten a grocery store operator in Bowie, Texas a few hours earlier. When the two officers ordered the occupants to get out of the car the driver pulled a gun and killed Patrolman Clifton. The other officer returned fire killing the gunman.

The other four occupants were returned to authorities in Texas.

Patrolman Clifton had served with the agency for six and a half years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace Patrolman Clifton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 20, 2019

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