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.

Officer Grossnickle's father served as a homicide detective for the agency and responded to the shooting scene. Both officers had graduated from the academy only 3 months prior to the incident.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge 447

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I am so grieved to learn of this line of duty death... Lieutenant Lyle Grossnickle was a driving force in my life as a young teen. Lyle was always tough but compassionate when dealing with me and despite my family ties, he was the main reason I decided on a career in law enforcement. I know Lyle always cherished his family and I know how he must have grieved over this loss. I never had the privilege of meeting Jason, but I know he was a fine upstanding and compassionate officer, his family lineage would have allowed for nothing less. Rest in peace Jason and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service and sacrifice.

Victor Hoelscher
Former Deputy Sheriff

November 5, 2019

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