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Deputy Sheriff Willard Griggs | Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office, New York Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office, New York

Deputy Sheriff

Willard Griggs

Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch: Monday, August 2, 1869

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/26/1869

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Deputy Sheriff Willard Griggs succumbed to a gunshot wound he sustained seven days earlier as he and a posse attempted to serve an eviction notice at a farm in Greenbush, New York.

The farmer and his family resisted the eviction and a shootout ensued in which Deputy Griggs was shot in the face. Several other deputies and posse members were also wounded, as well as members of the farmer's family.

Deputy Griggs underwent an operation to remove the bullet but died as a result of the wound seven days later.

Several members of the farmer's family were charged with Deputy Griggs' murder but acquitted at trial.

Deputy Griggs was survived by his wife and is buried at Sand Lake Union Cemetery, in Sand Lake, New York.

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Deputy Sheriff Griggs,
On today, the 146th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rensselaer County.

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
August 2, 2015

 

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