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Deputy Sheriff Mark Wayne Griffin | Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff

Mark Wayne Griffin

Grundy County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, January 30, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Griffin was shot and killed after he and another deputy responded to a Trenton apartment to question a man about a disturbance that occurred earlier in the day. The suspect asked the deputies if he could get a coat in order to accompany them to the jail. As the deputies followed the man into the apartment a second man shot Deputy Griffin in the face, killing him. The suspect was apprehended approximately six hours later.
Deputy Griffin had been with the agency for over two years and was survived by his parents and sister.

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I was a firefighter in Trenton MO that day and remember it well. Mark played softball with other public safety employees. He is remembered and missed.

Doug Leeper, Firefighter
Trenton Fire Department
February 1, 2016

 

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