CLEBURNE (CBSDFW.COM) – Law enforcement and residents remembered slain Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Clifton Taylor Sunday as a public servant with a strong sense of character, dedicated to serve his community.
Taylor, 31, was killed during a shootout Saturday. In the laid-back community of Cleburne, residents had Taylor on their minds while celebrating the Easter holiday.
“My prayers go out to them,” resident Nancy Gallegos said. “I really didn’t think this would happen. When families are supposed to be together and here’s this family that’s lost somebody.”
Taylor died responding to a domestic disturbance call in Venus. He and two other Johnson County Deputies and an officer from the Venus Police Department arrived at a property in the 2200 block of Eagle Court in unincorporated Johnson County.
They went to the home, and then to a shed where Wesley Davis, 47, immediately opened fire. Taylor was shot three times and flown by Care Flight to John Peter Smith hospital, where he died.
The loss is difficult for the tight-knight community. Taylor had been a deputy for the past three years and was engaged to be married. His death marks the first time since 1971 that an officer in Johnson County died in the line of duty.
“I’ve been involved in shootings before it’s very traumatic – it’s nothing officers want to do,” Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said. “We deal with a lot of guilt – guilt for not saving Clifton Taylor, it’s hard on my officers.”
Officers shot and killed Davis at the scene. The other officers involved in the shooting were not injured. Taylor’s funeral arrangements are pending.