CLEBURNE (CBSDFW.COM) – A Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy who was shot and killed Saturday is being remembered by those with whom he served.
Deputy Clifton Taylor, 31, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call near the town of Venus.
The suspect, Wesley Davis, of Oklahoma, was also killed when other deputies returned fire.
Monday, black ribbons adorned the badges of his fellow Johnson County colleagues.
“I loved him like he was my brother. He was my brother,” said Deputy Randy Mejorada. “Everybody who works here, we’re a close-knit family.”
Davis was hiding in a utility shed Saturday when Taylor, two other deputies and a Venus Police Officer responded to a domestic dispute in the 1100 block of Eagle Court, investigators said.
Taylor was shot at least three times in the neck, side and back, Sheriff Bob Alvord said Saturday.
He is the first deputy in the history of the department to lose his life to gunfire.
One other Johnson County deputy died on the job in 1971, due to a car wreck.
“We are so close, it hurts no matter what, but if you have 3,000 people in an agency you may not know the individual,” said Johnson County Lt. Tim Jones, “and everyone here does know Mr. Taylor.”
“I don’t think anything can make what happened easier,” Mejorada said through tears, “but knowing he’s in the lord’s arms helps.”
The deputies squad car now serves as a memorial outside the Administration building in Cleburne. Many who knew the fallen deputy and even some that didn’t have left flowers, cards and stuffed animals on the hood.
Mejorada was Taylor’s close friend and attended church with him at Sheppard Valley Cowboy Church. He described Taylor as a dedicated and unselfish officer.
“There’ve been times where me and him were on a call together, and he would say ‘I’m going in first; you’ve got kids, I don’t.’” Mejorada said. “So he put himself out there to make sure I got home to my kids.”
“It’s a calling to come into law enforcement, your called, just like a doctor or nurse, it comes from in here,” Lt. Jones said as he put his hand over his heart, “and so you know and you accept the risk, but it doesn’t help at all when it happens.”
Viewing services for slain Johnson County Deputy Clifton L. Taylor will be held from 5 to 8 pm. Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Sheppard Valley Cowboy Church at 3437 County Road 807 in Cleburne.
The funeral service will April 27, 2011 at the Acker Auditorium in Joshua High School, in Joshua. The service will begin at 10:00 am.
Contributions in behave of Deputy Taylor can be made to the Chisholm Trail 100 Club.