Lieutenant Clarence P. Cox, Jr.

Lieutenant Clarence P. Cox, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, May 12, 1981

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Clarence P. Cox, Jr.

Lieutenant Cox was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for escape and murdering a priest. The suspect was able to gain control of Lieutenant Cox's service weapon and shoot him with it. The suspect was later arrested in Jackson, Tennessee. He was sentenced to death but later murdered in prison by other death row inmates.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Killed in prison

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I believe today would have been your 94th birthday. Rest in peace Lt. Cox. The citizens of Memphis have not forgotten your life, career and heroically humble sacrifice.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 18, 2022

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