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Officer Ronald Midgley Grogan | Palm Bay Police Department, Florida Palm Bay Police Department, Florida

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Ronald Midgley Grogan

Palm Bay Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, April 23, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 80

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Mini 14

Offender: Sentenced to death; deceased

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Officers Ronald Grogan and Gerald Johnson were shot and killed while responding to the scene of a mass shooting during which a man had gone on a shooting spree with a Ruger Mini 14 rifle, killing four civilians and wounding another 14.

The suspect took hostages at a supermarket and as the officers arrived he opened fire on them, killing Officer Grogan before he was able to exit his patrol car. Officer Johnson was able to exit his vehicle and return fire before being struck in the foot and knocked down. As he was reloading, the suspect approached and shot him at point-blank range.

The suspect was captured later in the night. He was convicted of the murders and was subsequently sentenced to death. While awaiting his execution he died of natural causes at age 82 on November 29, 2009.

Officer Grogan had served with the Palm Bay Police Department for six months. He is survived by his wife.

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Officer Gerald Douglas Johnson
Palm Bay Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Thursday, April 23, 1987
Cause: Gunfire

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After all these years I remember this day as if it were yesterday. I dispatched the shooting and it will never leave my mind or my heart. RIP Ron

Charlotte Hess
Ex Dispatcher Palm Bay PD
November 23, 2014

 

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