Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 21 years
Badge # B-433
Weapon: Handgun; Pistol
Offender: Sentenced to life
Trooper Griffin was shot and killed when he stopped a vehicle on N.C. 53 six miles east of Burgaw occupied by two men. Unbeknownst to Trooper Griffin, the car was stolen and the suspects had shot and killed a store owner in Wilmington six days earlier. Because of a registration problem with the car, Trooper Griffin ordered the suspects to follow him to the patrol station. As he was walking back to his patrol car the driver shot him in the back.
The suspect who killed Trooper Griffin was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life in prison. The other suspect was convicted of accessary to murder, murder of the store owner, and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.
Trooper Griffin's killer, who turned 65 in 2012, remains in prison and is not being considered for parole.