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Police Officer Jason K. Grossnickle | Dayton Police Department, Ohio Dayton Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Jason K. Grossnickle

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, May 23, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 months

Badge # 447

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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I can't believe it's been 20 years. Next to the day my dad died, this was the worst day of my career. Larry and I will forever be linked by the death of my dad and his son. Sleep well brother.

Sgt. Jimmy Rohrer
DPD - Retired
May 23, 2016

 

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