Guard Grant Weakley

Guard Grant Weakley

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, September 2, 1927

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Grant Weakley

Guard Grant Weakley was shot and killed by two escaping inmates while transporting them to the dentist in New Lexington, Ohio. As another inmate was being attended to the two other inmates produced handguns and opened fire, killing Guard Weakley.

The prisoner who was in the dentist's chair grabbed Guard Weakley's gun and fired at the two escaping inmates, hitting one. The two were arrested by another guard after running outside.

It was later discovered that the wife of one of the inmates and another woman had slipped two revolvers to them just before the trip to the dentist. The inmate who shot Guard Weakley was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. The other inmate had 10 years added to his existing sentence.

Guard Weakley served at the State Brick Plant in Junction City. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, brother, and five sisters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escape attempt

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Guard Grant Weakley of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio and the additional 67 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

End of Watch: Friday, September 2, 1927

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 5, 2017

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