Police Officer Jason K. Grossnickle

Police Officer Jason K. Grossnickle

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, May 23, 1996

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Jason K. Grossnickle

Police Officer Jake Grossnickle was shot and killed in an ambush as he arrived for work at the 3rd District Headquarters located at 2013 West Third Street.

He and another officer were walking through the department's parking lot towards the back door when a man exited a stolen delivery truck and opened fire on both officers. Officer Grossnickle was struck and killed instantly.

The other officer was shot in the jaw but was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Both officers had graduated from the academy only 3 months prior to the incident.

Officer Grossnickle's father served as a homicide detective for the Dayton Police Department and responded to the shooting scene.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge 447

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Jason K. Grossnickle of the Dayton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 75 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 23, 2023

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