Wildlife Conservation Officer David Lynn Grove

Wildlife Conservation Officer David Lynn Grove

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, November 11, 2010

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David Lynn Grove

Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove was shot and killed on Schriver Road, near Red Rock 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 wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission for three years and had previously served as a part-time officer with the agency for six years. He is survived by his parents and fiancee.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge J2038

Incident Details

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

convicted felon, poacher

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I met WCO Grove on several occasions. He truly represented the best of Wildlife Conservation Officers. While protecting the Keystone State’s wildlife resources he also understood his role representing the PGC. He fair and conscientious when dealing with the public.

I was a PGC Commissioner in 2010 when WCO David Grove was murdered. This tragedy was felt by everyone in the agency. Despite their shock and sorrow it was amazing to see how every employee rose to the occasion, putting the Grove family as the center of their efforts.

Commissioner R. Martone
PA Game Commission

November 11, 2022

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