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Patrol Officer Eugene A. Griffin | Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

Patrol Officer

Eugene A. Griffin

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, November 22, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to LIfe

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Patrol Officer Eugene Griffin was shot and killed by one of three 17 year-old youths he had asked to leave a hotel while working an overtime assignment.

The subjects left and Officer Griffin was in the lobby reading a newspaper when they returned. As he rose to confront them, one of the youths shot him with a shotgun.

The shooter and another youth were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on October 6, 1993. The third suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years. He was paroled September 19, 1996.

Officer Griffin is survived by his wife, son, daughter, father and mother, and brother, who is a retired police sergeant.

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I remember when this happened at the hotel on Archdale. It was the first time I heard of a police officer being murdered in cold blood in Charlotte. And then it happened to Officers Burnette and Noble. You have an often thankless job, but there are still many of us who support you whole-heartedly.

CW3 John Olsakovsky
United States Army, Retired
November 23, 2016

 

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