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Deputy Sheriff Elwood E. Groff | Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Elwood E. Groff

Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, October 15, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 484

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy Groff was shot and killed while moonlighting at the apartment complex in which he lived on Midcrown Road. He had responded to a report of a disturbance at a unit and met San Antonio officers on the scene. They found that the suspect had left the scene and Deputy Groff informed the San Antonio officers he would handle the incident. After the officers left the suspect returned to the scene and shot Deputy Groff in the chest, killing him. The suspect then shot and killed his girlfriend's grandmother, wounded his girlfriend, and then committed suicide.

Deputy Groff was a veteran of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During his military service he was recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He had served with the Bexar County Sheriff's Department for 11 years and was survived by his daughter, six sons, and parents.

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I know it has been 37 years but I often think of my friend "Al". He was definitely one of my favorite friends. To this day, I tell my wife or daughter stories of some of our conversations. chats, stories, and mutual laughter. He was a wonderful man and, I miss him still. Rest in peace, my friend.

John Marks
former asst mgr/mgr Gas n Eat Truck stop
May 17, 2016

 

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