Slain Deputy Remembered in Memorial Service

Clifton Taylor remembered for sense of humor, heroic actions

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Johnson County Sheriff
    Clifton Taylor died after being shot in the line of duty near Venus.

    More than 1,000 people filled the auditorium at Joshua High School for a memorial service honoring a fallen Johnson County sheriff's deputy Wednesday.

    Deputy Clifton Taylor was remembered most for his sense of humor and his heroism. Taylor was responding to a domestic violence call outside of Venus on Saturday when officials say was fatally shot by Wesley Davis, of Oklahoma.

    Deputy Clifton Taylor Laid to Rest

    [DFW] Deputy Clifton Taylor Laid to Rest
    Johnson County Deputy Clifton Taylor was laid to rest on Wednesday. He was killed in the line of duty Saturday during a domestic disturbance call near Venus. (Published Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011)

    Davis' family told Sheriff Bob Alford that Davis threatened to kill three people at that residence and others in Hurst.

    "We may never know how many lives Deputy Taylor saved that day. Deputy Taylor's sacrifice, though, gave other deputies time to react and stop the assailant," Alford said during the service.

    Davis was ultimately shot and killed by two other responding officers.

    Taylor was buried in a private graveside ceremony. He would have celebrated his 32nd birthday one week from Wednesday.