Correctional Officer Fred Sidney Griffis

Correctional Officer Fred Sidney Griffis

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, June 24, 1987

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Fred Sidney Griffis

Correctional Officer Fred Griffis was shot and killed during an escape attempt during a prisoner transport in West Palm Beach. He and an armed escort officer were jumped by two armed suspects. The men disarmed the armed officer and demanded that Officer Griffis hand over the keys to unlock the van and free the prisoner. Officer Griffis did not comply and instead tossed the keys away. When he tossed the keys the suspect shot and killed him.

Both suspects were apprehended after a chase in which they fired at pursuing officers.

The man who shot Officer Griffis was apprehended and sentenced to death. He died in prison on July 17, 1999 from injuries he suffered while fighting guards who were attempting to search his cell. The other subject was also sentenced to death and was executed on June 12, 2013.

Officer Griffis was a U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during the Vietnam War. He was decorated seven times for bravery, including four Bronze Stars and three Oak Leaf clusters, all given for heroism. An Army Ranger and expert rifleman, he was cited twice for saving the lives of fellow soldiers.

Officer Griffis had been assigned to the Glades Correctional Institution for three weeks after retiring from the military. He was survived by his mother and sister.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 2013

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Officer Griffis,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army-especially in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 24, 2016

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