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Officer Alexander Grant | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

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Alexander Grant

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, September 11, 1891

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/11/1891

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Acquitted

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Officer Alexander Grant was shot and killed by a suspect he had just arrested for public drunkenness and disturbing the peace on Folsom Street, between 4th and 5th Streets. The suspect resisted arrest and at some point drew a gun and shot Officer Grant one time in the head, killing him.

The suspect was Maurice B. Curtis, a famous San Francisco actor. In 1893 after four trials, two hung juries, and one dismissal, he was acquitted. A few weeks later a prominent politician and a California State Senator was arrested for bribing four members of the jury. Curtis spent most of his fortune to gain his freedom and his acting career was ruined. On December 29, 1920, he died in Los Angeles, having ended his days a pauper.

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