Wildlife Conservation Officer David Lynn Grove

Wildlife Conservation Officer David Lynn Grove

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, November 11, 2010

David Lynn Grove

Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove was shot and killed on Schriver Road, near Red Rocks Road, in Freedom Township, Adams County, at approximately 10:45 pm.

Officer Grove was in the area to investigate reports of ongoing night-time shooting and poaching. He had stopped a suspected poacher just south of Gettysburg National Military Park. As he handcuffed the man a struggle ensued and the subject opened fire on Officer Grove with a .45 caliber handgun, striking him four times. Although mortally wounded, Officer Grove was able to return fire, wounding the suspect in the hip. The suspect fled the scene with the handcuffs still on his left wrist.

The suspect, who was a convicted felon, was captured the following morning at a nearby hunting camp and charged with Officer Grove's murder. He stated that he shot Officer Grove because he didn't want to return to prison.

On October 2, 2012, the subject was convicted of first degree murder in connection. He was subsequently sentenced to death.

The officer had served as a full time WCO with the Pennsylvania Game Commission for three years and had previously served as a part-time officer with the agency for six years.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge J2038

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Today marks 8 years since this courageous and inspiring man was taken from us much too soon. While I did not know him personally, I have heard nothing but positive remarks and stories about him. He seemed to be very dedicated to the protection of the wildlife and wildlands he cherished as well as his faith in the Lord. Officer Grove, you are an inspiration to us all and an example of a true hero. I ask God to continue to comfort and bless your family, friends, and fellow wardens. Officer Grove, you will never be forgotten.

N. Green
PA Hunter/Brother in Christ

November 11, 2018

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