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Deputy Sheriff John Paris Grove | Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff

John Paris Grove

Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 8, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy John Grove and Deputy Wallace McClure were shot and killed while transporting two juvenile prisoners to the Pendleton Penitentiary in Deputy Grove's car.

The prisoners had been convicted of armed robbery and about to serve two to 20 year sentences in prison. When they failed to arrive at the penitentiary, a nationwide manhunt began and the next day the prisoner's uncle saw the prisoners driving Deputy Grove's car near Danville, Illinois. Two days later, the car was found abandoned in Decatur, Illinois, and Deputy Grove's hat was found east of Lafayette near Maple Point.

The bodies of Deputies Grove and McClure were found on February 16 in a field west of Covington in Warren County. Sometime during the transport the prisoners were able to gain control of the deputy's weapons and executed both of them.

One of the prisoners was arrested on May 21 at his uncle's home in West Lafayette and on June 9, he was sentenced to life in prison for murder. After more than three years, the other prisoner was captured in Albuquerque, New Mexico, using an alias name, confessed to the murders and was sentenced to life in prison on January 8, 1932.

Deputy Grove was survived by his wife, three adult children, and one teen child.

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Deputy Sheriff Wallace B. McClure
Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 8, 1928
Cause: Gunfire

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Your end of watch came 8 years before my birth, but I heard enough about you from my father(your son) that I feel I know you pretty well. I can't say that I miss you, because I never really knew you. But, I can say that your untimely death left a huge hole in our family.
Thank you for your service and for doing what you felt you needed to do.

Ronald Grove
Grandson
May 21, 2013

 

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