Patrol Officer William Rayvon Gilmore, Jr.

Patrol Officer William Rayvon Gilmore, Jr.

Clayton Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, January 30, 1982

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William Rayvon Gilmore, Jr.

Patrol Officer William Gilmore was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a call of a large disorderly group playing loud music on Washington Street.

After clearing the group, Officer Gilmore was sitting in his patrol car completing a report when a man approached the vehicle and shot him in the face, killing him. The suspect was captured the next day.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 14th, 1982.

Officer Gilmore had served with the Clayton Police Department for 17 months. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and parents.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

ambush, disorderly

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Officer Gilmore, we honor your sacrifice to the Town of Clayton on this the anniversary of your tragic and untimely death. Flags at the Clayton Law Enforcement Center are flying at half-staff and every officer wears a black mourning band on their badge today. We will continue serving in your stead and promise to never let your memory fade. Rest easy, we got this! We are the "Keepers of Clayton."

CHief Blair Myhand
Chief of Police

January 30, 2019

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