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Denver Police Dept. Patch
Resided: CO, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Aug. 13, 1899
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male
Agency
Dept: Denver Police Dept. - CO
1331 Cherokee St  
Denver, CO   80204   USA
(720)913-2000
County: Denver
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Wellington Llewellyn
  
Location: CO   USA   Sun. Aug. 13, 1899
Summary: On August 13, 1899, three soldiers from the 34th Infantry at Fort Logan were drinking and acting boisterously at Klipfel's Saloon in downtown Denver, so they were ordered out. As the trio left the saloon, they were confronted near 20th and Blake by Policeman Thomas Clifford. When Clifford demanded that the men relinquish their weapons, one of the soldiers, Wellington Llewellyn, drew his weapon and shot and killed Clifford.

Llewellyn then fled toward the 16th Street Bridge, with other officers in foot pursuit. Policeman William Griffiths chased Llewellyn under the bridge, where he was also shot and killed. Although Llewellyn escaped, he was identified by the other two soldiers and for a while, the Denver Police stopped every soldier walking the streets. This led to bad feelings between the police and the Army, so the search was eventually abandoned.

Disposition: Lewellyn was never caught, and an unconfirmed report in 1912 had him leading a group of bandits in the Philippines.

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Related: Thomas C. Clifford
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