Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 8 years
Badge # 86
Incident Date: 7/10/1991
Weapon: Rifle; M-1
Suspect: Committed suicide
Officer Jeffery Ginn was shot and killed after he responded to a disturbance call. The gunman, a former mental patient, then held a woman hostage for nearly 20 hours before committing suicide. Officer Ginn was investigating a fire in the backyard of a residence, unknown to him that the resident was a mental patient. The suspect had made threats to the police department several times. As Officer Ginn approached the backyard with his gun drawn, the suspect saw him and opened fire.
Officer Ginn returned fire and ran across the street to take cover behind a tree. He was shot in the knee with a M-1 carbine and fell in the street. He managed to take cover behind a tree and call for help. The suspect then walked up to Officer Ginn and shot him point blank, once in the head and once in the chest.
Officer Ginn had served with the department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and parents.