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Officer Terry Lynn Griffith | Christiansburg Police Department, Virginia Christiansburg Police Department, Virginia


Terry Lynn Griffith

Christiansburg Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, September 18, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 41

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Griffith was shot and killed as he tried to arrest a man suspected of shoplifting. The suspect began to struggle with Officer Griffith, gained control of his service weapon, and shot him in the head. The suspect was shot and killed by other officers.

Officer Griffith had been with the agency for 17 years and is survived by his wife, son, two daughters and two step-sons.

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I was the Hills Department Store manager on duty on September 18, 1994 when Officer Griffith was killed. While I did not know Terry personally, the Christiansburg Police were always very quick to respond with help dealing with shoplifters. To this day, I can still remember what transpired that day and wish that I could have done something to make the outcome different. My thought and prayers are with his family.

Ronald Strauss
Former Hills assistant manager
September 18, 2014


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