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Wildlife Conservation Officer David Lynn Grove | Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

Wildlife Conservation Officer

David Lynn Grove

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 9 years

Badge # J2038

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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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.

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On Tuesday, May 9th 2017 I will be participating in the 2017 Police Unity Tour with Chapter 9. We will ride (bicycle) from Philadelphia to Washington DC and arrive at the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial on Friday, May 12th. I'll take a memorial card so David can travel with me... I hope to meet his family there when we arrive. David's memory will not be forgotten.

"WE RIDE FOR THOSE WHO DIED"!

Patrolman Tilghman Smith
Lanesboro PD and former DWCO
May 8, 2017

 

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