All of us at Townsquare Media are saddened to report that Texarkana Texas Police Lt Clay McClure has lost his battle with COVID-19, End of Watch 7-28-21.

Our heartfelt condolences to Lt McClure's family, friends, and brothers and sisters in blue at the police department as well.

The Texarkana Texas Police Department released a statement this morning confirming his death:

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Lieutenant Clay McClure passed away at a local hospital last night after a lengthy battle with COVID. He was surrounded by his family and some of his closest brothers in blue.
Clay was 54 years old and worked for TTPD for 22 years. He worked as a patrol officer, supervisor, and narcotics investigator during his time with us.
Chief Kevin Schutte said, "Clay was more than a great cop. He was a mentor, a brother, and a lifelong friend whose legacy will live on in this organization. He will be missed."
Please keep his wife, two children, and his friends and family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department also had this to say:

Lieutenant Clay McClure was always someone to be counted on. Whether it was on the SWAT team, the joint narcotics task force, or anywhere else, Clay led the way in making everyone feel comfortable and at ease. For those of us at TAPD who have been lucky enough to work with Clay for the last 20+ years, we have many wonderful, funny, and goofy stories to cherish about this man. There is no doubt he made a difference in more than one officers life and he will definitely be missed! Please keep his family and the law enforcement community in your prayers!

Former Bowie County Sheriff James Prince also had this to say on his Facebook Page after hearing the news:

Lieutenant Clay McClure was one of the best! He worked for me for awhile, in the Sheriff's Office! He was one of the best narcotic officers, I have ever worked with! He was always ready to do whatever was asked of him and was pleasant to be around! I don't recall ever seeing him upset and he had a way of cheering others up! He will surely be missed! Please keep his family and the law enforcement community in your prayers!

We all send our prayers and thoughts for Clay McClure's family in this tough time.

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