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Correctional Officer Fred Sidney Griffis | Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

Correctional Officer

Fred Sidney Griffis

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 24, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 2013

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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 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 executed on June 12th, 2013.

Officer Griffis was was a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Glades Correctional Institution. He was survived by his mother and sister.

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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.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
June 24, 2016

 

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