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Funeral Set For Slain Johnson County Deputy

By Marianne Martinez, CBS 11 News
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Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Clifton Taylor who was killed in the line of duty Saturday, April 23. (Credit: Johnson County)

Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Clifton Taylor who was killed in the line of duty Saturday, April 23. (Credit: Johnson County)

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JOSHUA (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - The funeral has been scheduled for a North Texas sheriff’s deputy killed in a shootout with an Oklahoma man, that also left the suspect dead.

The funeral for Johnson County Deputy Clifton Taylor is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Joshua High School auditorium in Joshua, about 20 miles south of Fort Worth. A statement from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said that the graveside services will be private.

The 31-year-old deputy died in a shootout Saturday while he and two colleagues responded to a domestic disturbance call in the small town of Venus. Sheriff Bob Alford identified the dead suspect as Wesley Davis, an Oklahoma man whose wife said the suspect had threatened her, her sister and another person. A neighbor had told Taylor that the suspect fled to a shed and was armed. The deputy opened the shed door and was shot in the neck, side and back. The other officers then shot and killed the suspect.

Taylor was airlifted to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth, where he died. He had served on the department for about two years and was engaged to be married. “I loved him like he was a brother,” said Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Mejorada, Taylor’s close friend. “He was my brother. Everyone we work with, we’re a tight-knit family.”

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