Wildlife Conservation Officer David Lynn Grove

Wildlife Conservation Officer David Lynn Grove

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, November 11, 2010

David Lynn Grove

Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove was shot and killed on Schriver Road, near Red Rocks Road, in Freedom Township, Adams County, at approximately 10:45 pm.

Officer Grove was in the area to investigate reports of ongoing night-time shooting and poaching. He had stopped a suspected poacher just south of Gettysburg National Military Park. As he handcuffed the man a struggle ensued and the subject opened fire on Officer Grove with a .45 caliber handgun, striking him four times. Although mortally wounded, Officer Grove was able to return fire, wounding the suspect in the hip. The suspect fled the scene with the handcuffs still on his left wrist.

The suspect, who was a convicted felon, was captured the following morning at a nearby hunting camp and charged with Officer Grove's murder. He stated that he shot Officer Grove because he didn't want to return to prison.

On October 2, 2012, the subject was convicted of first degree murder in connection. He was subsequently sentenced to death.

The officer had served as a full time WCO with the Pennsylvania Game Commission for three years and had previously served as a part-time officer with the agency for six years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge J2038

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Although i never met you, i know from my my interactions(positive) with other WCOs you couldn't be any different. Within a week of your untimely death, i layed flowers and a card at the site. I havent been in that area since, but in the next week or 2 i will be giving my mom a tour of Gettysburg battlefield and i will once again come by to pay my respects to a man i never had the honor of meeting, but am truly proud of the badge you wore. Had we ever met, we would probably have ended up the best of friends. Game wardens are, in my opinion, the most overlooked, but bravest in law enforcement. Chances are everybody you come into contact with is most likely armed, and you are most often alone while you make these encounters. May you rest in eternal peace with our heavenly father

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June 2, 2018

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